ELIZABETH – Five Union Vicinage probation division staff received awards from the Chief Probation Officers of New Jersey (CPONJ) at the R. J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on July 20. Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts, gave welcoming remarks of support and recognition for the award recipients.
CPONJ is a professional association of chief and assistant chief probation officers from around the state. Every year during National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week, CPONJ recognizes probation staff in three categories: meritorious service, outstanding achievement, and career achievement.
Margaret Farmer, Marlene Kaverick, and Victoria Henderson were honored with the Meritorious Service Award. Farmer is a senior probation officer who has devoted herself to working with juveniles. She was recognized for her work as a member of a statewide committee that provides recreational opportunities for deserving juvenile probationers. Kaverick is an investigator and dedicated member of the child support unit. As a result of her work, the probation division increased the collection of delinquent child support payments. Henderson is a judiciary clerk who provides support services for probation officers and the courts. She takes great pride in her work and provides leadership for others in her section. Henderson sets a high workplace standard and provides a model for others to follow.
Wendi Cabell and Colleen Gregorio received Outstanding Achievement Awards. Cabell is a supervisor who oversees the probation officers assigned to drug court. She recently volunteered to add to her duties the supervision of the officers in the pre-trial intervention program, when the probation division was unable to hire replacement supervisors. This spirit of volunteerism is characteristic of Cabell’s work ethic. Gregorio is a senior probation officer assigned to adult supervision. She also does double duty, as a pretrial officer and a specialized caseload officer. Gregorio is always willing to give her time and energy to assist her co-workers. She has volunteered to work with several programs that provide a variety of rehabilitative services for offenders under community supervision.
Union Chief Probation Officer Fred Bostel expressed pride in the five award recipients for their many contributions to probation and the community. Trial Court Administrator Elizabeth Domingo said, “Assignment Judge Karen M. Cassidy and I are proud of the dedication and commitment of these recipients.”
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