Mr. Elam began his professional career in 1993 as a Volunteer in District 6-Suffolk. A year later, he was hired as a Probation and Parole Officer in District 30-Hampton by the Hampton Circuit Court. In 1995, Mr. Elam was promoted to Senior Probation Officer at Southampton Correctional Center’s Bootcamp Program, Southampton Intensive Treatment Center. He served in that role approximately four years.
In 1997, Mr. Elam was promoted to Treatment Program Supervisor at Indian Creek Correctional Center, where he served as the Department Head for the Treatment Department. In 1999, he was promoted to Deputy Chief Probation and Parole Officer in District 31-Chesapeake. In 2004, Mr. Elam was promoted to Chief Probation and Parole Officer in District 31.
In 2006, Mr. Elam transferred to the City of Portsmouth as the Chief Probation and Parole Officer for District 3. He served in that capacity for approximately 8 years.
In 2014, Mr. Elam was promoted to Regional Administrator for Community Corrections for the Eastern Region. n 2015, Mr. Elam transferred to the Western Region and served as the Regional Administrator for Institutions.
In 2019, after almost 4 years in that role, Mr. Elam transferred back to the Eastern Region as Regional Administrator for Institutions. In 2020, Mr. Elam was transferred to the Central Region as the Regional Administrator for Institutions. He currently serves in that role.
Mr. Elam earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 1992 from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Mr. Elam is a graduate of the Performance Management Groups Virginia Executive Institute (VEI) and Commonwealth Management Institute (CMI) at Virginia Commonwealth University within the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Mr. Elam has been a long-time supporter of Staff Development. He has served on the Corridors Career Development Taskforce and served as a Mentor for that Program for more than 19 years. Mr. Elam has served on Strategic Planning Committees, the Evidenced-Based Practices Taskforce. He served as an Adjunct Trainer for the Department’s Training Academy for Basic Skills for New Probation Officers along with training new Hearings Officers on the Preliminary Parole Violation Hearing Process.
Currently, Mr. Elam is an active member of the Virginia Government Employees Association, American Probation and Parole Association, Virginia Correctional Association, Virginia Probation and Parole Association, and Southern States Correctional Association.