By Meagan Terlep-Boxley, Probation Manager with King County District Court
The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) annually celebrates over 100,000 community corrections professionals around the country who work hard to keep communities safe during National Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. This year’s theme for the week is Restoring Trust, Creating Hope. Learn more about APPA here.
King County Probation Officers (POs) have worked extremely hard the past few years in making a huge shift to do their jobs. They have been incredibly flexible in their willingness and ability to conduct appointments and intakes virtually, and eventually transition back to meeting with their clients in person. We have encountered a few bumps- some big and some small- along the way, but our team has taken them all in stride and has continued to work effectively and efficiently.
Pictured: The King County Probation Officers team.
This year for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, we are excited to gather in person again for the first time in almost three years. One day during this week will be spent at a team retreat to focus on reconnecting as a team and beginning the process of building our vision for the future of our department. We will also take time to recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication our POs show day in and day out, including being recognized by the judges with whom they each work with most regularly.
Our POs have the incredibly tough job of walking the line between prioritizing community safety while also prioritizing the recovery and progress of our clients. Each PO is so unique, and yet they all possess the common core skills of being compassionate, empathetic, dedicated, and dependable. Not only is our community a safer place because of this group, but the lives of countless individuals have been changed for the better at least in part due to their guidance and support. I am so grateful to work with such a talented, fun group of people.
Join us in recognizing our District Court officers, specialists and clerks.
Auburn Courthouse: Chris Allen, T. Chatman
Issaquah Courthouse: Kari Goode, Sam Corder, Will Rosen
Maleng Regional Justice Center: Elizabeth Owens, Miguel Montoya, Rachel Brooks-Bailey
Seattle Courthouse: J.D. Pettitz, Nicole Nyblod
Shoreline Courthouse: Annette Pooley, Lema Hackett
Regional Mental Health Court and Regional Veterans Court: Dave Alber, Heather McIntyre, Katherine Maza, Paul Stayback, Susan Butler