Last week Connor Traut was appointed to a four-year term as the Juvenile Justice Commissioner of Orange County. Traut’s duties will pertain to the administration of the Juvenile Court while trying to improve the lives of at-risk youth.
The mission of the Orange County Juvenile Justice Commission is to inquire into the administration of juvenile court law in Orange County, and to ensure that the highest standards of care and services are maintained for the youth within the juvenile justice system.
Traut, who is only 19, most recently served as the Chairman of the Ladera Ranch Civic Council, resigning in December of 2013 due to his family moving to North Orange County. He has been heavily involved with the youth community since the age of 16 when he helped found the Teen Leadership Council in Ladera Ranch. He is also a board member for Anaheim Cops for Kids, OCPT (Orange Children and Parents Together) Head Start, and is a Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim Committee Member.
It is extremely refreshing to see someone work hard to help his community at such a young age. Most of us wouldn’t be able to say we served as Chairman of a Civic Council or were appointed as an Orange County Commissioner, all before the age of 20. Traut will certainly be someone to keep tabs on in the coming years.
In a release about his appointment, Traut wrote that the Juvenile Justice Commissioner “is appointed by the Superior Court Presiding Judge and the Juvenile Court Presiding Judge to serve a four-year term, with a maximum set at two terms. Due to my age, I was appointed for a short-term up for appointment to a full-term on my 22nd birthday in 2016.”
The Juvenile Justice Commission is comprised of 7-15 citizens who review and inspect the operations of various youth correctional facilities and programs.