Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron announced that Patricia Breeding has been hired to serve in the new role of recovery director and Alissa Phillips has been promoted to probation director, effective Wednesday.

After the untimely death of County Commissioner Steve Ervin, who also served as director of Probation and Recovery Courts, Ketron moved to fill the positions.

Ketron, noticing that these two programs were large enough to have separate directors, ran the numbers and discovered that splitting the two would not increase the budget.

“With the continued growth of our county comes an increased percentage of clients needing these services,” said Ketron. “That is why I made the decision to hire two separate directors.”

Breeding, who received her master’s degree in Human Services from Capella University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Kentucky University, was in the running with Ervin the last time the job was posted.

“We were very impressed with Patricia during that interview process,” said Ketron. “She was then, and still is well qualified, to take on this role.”

Breeding is certified by the state as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Level II. She has experience in mental health, veterans, recovery courts, probation, and corrections for 18-plus years. She previously was assistant director with the Davidson County Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Courts.

Phillips has served as assistant director of Probation & Recovery Services since April 2016.

She previously worked for Providence Community Corrections (PCC), a private-based probation company. During her 10-plus years, Phillips moved from being a Probation Officer to the Regional Director working out of the Murfreesboro Office. 

Phillips attended Middle Tennessee State University and received a bachelor’s degree with a Major in Criminal Justice Administration and a Minor in Psychology.

“Alissa has been running the department well as an assistant director for years,” said Ketron. “She has a true passion for serving clients and is a tremendous asset to the program and our County. It was an easy choice to make.