Juvenile Justice employee fired over Albany shoplifting charge

ATLANTA —A Department of Juvenile Justice employee accused of shoplifting in Albany has been fired, department officials said.

Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles said that former Juvenile Transportation Officer Belinda Pfalzgraff had been arrested by Albany police officers on charges of misdemeanor shoplifting.

No youth in the Juvenile Justice system were under her supervision at the time of the alleged incident, he said.

Pfalzgraff, 44, of Blakely, was taken into custody and booked into the Dougherty County Jail. The Department of Juvenile Justice initiated immediate administrative action following the arrest and dismissed Pfalzgraff on charges of employee misconduct, department officials said.

“DJJ continues to cooperate with local prosecuting authorities and regardless of employee seniority, rank or position, those who violate our laws or policies will face serious consequences,” Niles said. “Our stance on department transparency and the consistent application of DJJ standards will continue to ensure youth in our care are treated appropriately, by a professional staff, in a safe and secure environment.”