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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
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First deputy named acting probation commissioner

Chief Justice of the Trial Court Robert A. Mulligan and Court Administrator Harry Spence have appointed Ellen G. Slaney to serve as the acting commissioner of probation on an interim basis until a permanent commissioner is named in the spring. Slaney has served as the first deputy for Acting Commissioner Ronald P. Corbett Jr., who retires this week after a two-year term as acting commissioner during which he initiated management reforms to restore professionalism and effectiveness to the state's probation service.

Slaney was appointed as a probation officer in Roxbury in 1974 and became the assistant chief probation officer there for the Juvenile Court in 1986. She was named chief probation officer for the Wrentham District Court in 1990 and regional supervisor in 1997, prior to her appointment as first deputy commissioner in 2011. Slaney holds a B.A from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. from Simmons College School of Social Work.

Recent management initiatives led by the commissioner's office included introduction of performance management metrics and accountability, a new, validated risk/need classification instrument, merit-based hiring and promotions utilizing best practices and enhanced partnerships with criminal justice agencies.

Last fall, the Trial Court retained Isaacson Miller, a nationally-recognized firm, to lead the search for a new commissioner of probation. Mulligan and Spence expect to make an appointment this spring.

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