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

For Immediate Release

January 25, 2002


County Executive Fills Key Criminal Justice Position


Poughkeepsie. . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the appointment of Mary Ellen Still as Dutchess County’s Director of Probation and Community Corrections effective this Monday January 28, 2002.  

The County Executive stated, “I am confident Mary Ellen possesses the right combination of skills and experience to fulfill this important position.  As Deputy Director, Mary Ellen’s enthusiasm, leadership and management experience in working collaboratively with other government and community agencies has served the county well.  Her knowledge of our community and our Alternatives to Incarceration programs has earned my respect as well as the admiration of her peers in the criminal justice system.”           

The County Executive noted, “Mary Ellen is a career employee with over 23 years experience in community corrections.  She has held a number of increasingly responsible positions within the department requiring a variety of supervisory, management and administrative skills.”   She has served in the position of Deputy Director of Probation and Community Corrections for three years since January 1999. 

According to the County Executive, “The function of the department is to protect the safety of persons and property by administering cost effective community based correctional programs.  The department provides a variety of alternative to Incarceration programs to monitor and control the behavior of offenders to prevent further unlawful behavior as well as providing programs with an increasing emphasis on services to victims. 

The County Executive added, “The Director is one of three management positions which directs this important public safety department that has grown steadily as community corrections has become a mainstay of our criminal justice planning.  There are currently 81 probation officers that manage a caseload of 2,600 probationers with an operating budget of nearly nine million dollars. 

Ms. Still said, “I am looking forward to this new position and appreciate the County Executive’s confidence in me.  Community corrections serves a vital function in the community and the staff of the agency work tirelessly to insure that the county remains a safe and desirable place in which to live.  I plan to work with other agencies in a collaborative manner to both plan and provide for creative, effective and efficient services for the people of Dutchess County.” 

Ms. Still is a graduate of  Dutchess Community College and the State University of Albany with a BS in Political Science/Sociology and continued her education through graduate studies at the University of New Haven.  She presently resides with her husband Stanley and son Jeffrey at West Marshall Drive in Hyde Park. 

Ms. Still’s salary will be $86,500 established based upon promotional and longevity criteria in the management salary schedule.  Ms. Still will serve in an acting capacity pending her permanent confirmation by the Legislature.


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