According to the book description of
Managing Criminal Justice Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, “This book
studies the formal and informal nature of the organizations involved in criminal justice, covering their organizational environments;
the processes of leadership, management, and decision-making; organizational communications; staffing and training; planning
and budgeting; and organizational development and controlled change. It will acquaint the readers with the historical developments
and application of managerial theories, principles, and problems of managing criminal justice organizations.”
About the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office:
Calhoun County was established by the Legislature December 18, 1832, as Benton
County, honoring Col. Thomas Hart Benton, field officer in command of Fort Montgomery in Baldwin County during the Creek War. The county was renamed in 1858 in honor of John C. Calhoun, American statesman from
South Carolina and Vice President, 1825-32.
One of the first battles of the Creek war and the first engagement led by Gen.
John Coffee was the battle of Talasihatchee, November 3, 1813. With a force of 920 and a company of friendly Creeks, General
Coffee surrounded the town and dispersed the enemy after killing 186 of the Creek warriors.
In the southwestern part of the county are the remains of a extensive town site where pottery and chipped implements
have been found.
From the earlier days, the territory now known as the Anniston District has
been noted for its mineral wealth. Iron furnaces provided many products. Included were kettles, plow shares, pots and skillets,
as well as cannon and armor for gunboats used during the Civil War. Camp Shipp,
a camp for training soldiers, was erected in the present city of Anniston during the Spanish American War. Camp McClellan,
a United States military camp, is located five miles north of Anniston.
Anniston, the county seat, has been called "The City of Churches," with many
of its churches being noted for their beauty and local historical significance
In December 2005, Dr. Richard Kania joined Jacksonville State University as
the head of the Criminal Justice Department. Previously, since 1999, he had been
at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke leading their Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. From 1982 to 1999, he was at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, rising to full professor, to head a department
at Guilford. He taught at UNC-Charlotte, and also for the Southern Police Institute
of the University of Louisville and as a Senior Fulbright Professor for the Central European University in Warsaw, Poland
while on sabbaticals. In 2004-2005, he was awarded his second Senior Fulbright
Professorship, teaching at the Belarusian State University in Minsk, the Republic of Belarus.
Dr. Kania originally majored in anthropology at Florida State University, where
he earned his BA with Honors in 1968. He continued in anthropology at the University
of Virginia, earning the MA there in 1974, and wrote his MA thesis on conflict resolution and the law ways of the Hopi of
Arizona. In between the BA and the MA degrees, he served in the Army in Berlin
and in Vietnam.
Mid-way through his doctoral degree, his experiences as a Charlottesville Police
Department (Virginia) police officer, led him to change his emphasis and eventually pursue a teaching career in Criminal Justice. Presently, Dr. Richard Kania is also a sworn reserve deputy for the Calhoun County
Sheriff’s Office (Alabama).
Dr. Richard Kania has published over 20 articles in scholarly journals and
authored one book: The 1605 Waymouth Expedition
to the Coast of Maine: An Assessment of the Rosier Text, He has also co-authored: Diversity and National Identity in Belarus; Police and the Use of Force: The Savannah Study.