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June 8, 2011      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County Probation Officer Honored with Statewide Award

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Director of Probation & Community Corrections Mary Ellen Still are pleased to announce Dutchess County Senior Probation Officer Donna Gorman was honored with the 2011 Presidential Distinguished Service Award by the New York State Probation Officers Association in recognition for her outstanding service to her profession, representing the highest standards and ideals of devoted public service.    Ms. Gorman was presented the award earlier this week at the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA) 2011 Conference and Training Institute in Albany.

“Dutchess County employees continue to be shining examples throughout New York State of how to get the job done right,” said County Executive Steinhaus.   “Congratulations to Donna for earning this well-deserved honor.”

Ms. Gorman has been with the Dutchess County Probation & Community Corrections Department for more than 12 years.  She currently serves as Senior Probation Officer and is responsible for supervising higher risk probationers assigned by the courts to the Community Transition Center (CTC) program.   The Community Transition Center (CTC) is a Dutchess County Department of Probation day reporting/education program for young offenders. It is an alternative to incarceration program featuring services to assist offenders to successfully reenter the community as law-abiding, contributing citizens.   Services include GED education resources, employment readiness, life skill, anger management as well as drug and alcohol education programs.

According to Director of Probation & Community Corrections Mary Ellen Still, Ms. Gorman was nominated for the 2011 Presidential Distinguished Service Award honor because of her overall contributions to the Dutchess County Probation & Community Corrections department, most notably her dedicated efforts to work with the staff of CTC and the probationers assigned to the program. Director Still said, “Donna has an uncanny ability to get other people involved and participating, whether co-workers, probationers or contract agencies. Her problem solving and crisis management skills along with her ability to get along well with others and her sense of humor make her an asset in any situation.  Donna has many approaches to dealing with issues and usually finds the best one to help motivate the mostly young people she works with. No matter the outcome of their case, probationers walk out of her office knowing they have been treated fairly and with respect.”

Ms. Gorman was nominated for the 2011 Presidential Distinguished Service Award by her co-workers, Senior Probation Officer Carol Hooper and Unit Administrator Karen O’Connor.

Mary Ellen Still, Director of Probation & Community
Corrections and 2011 Presidential Distinguished Service
Award winner Donna Gorman

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