Probation Commissioner Edward Dolan Appoints Crystal Collier New First Deputy Commissioner
(Boston, MA) - Massachusetts Commissioner of Probation Edward J. Dolan has appointed Crystal Collier as the new First Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Probation Service. In her capacity as First Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Collier will be responsible for day to day operations as well as oversight of administrative services for the Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP) and the Massachusetts Probation Service.
Ms. Collier, formerly the Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS), brings significant government as well as legal system experience to this position. She will begin her job at OCP on November 4 th. As First Deputy, Ms. Collier will oversee administrative services for the Department as well as serve as lead member of the Probation senior management team.
"Crystal Collier is a proven professional with the requisite knowledge, experience, leadership, and administrative skills to help shape and support an aggressive agenda for excellence for the Probation Service. Ms. Collier's legal training, prosecutorial and private and public sector human service experience, as well as her roles as a senior administrator at both correctional and human service agencies uniquely prepare her for this important role in the agency." said Commissioner Dolan.
Ms. Collier most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Finance at DYS. While at DYS, she functioned in various capacities, including the DYS Chief of Staff and Director of Operations for the Department's Central Region.
In addition, Ms. Collier has worked in a variety of roles at government and non-profit agencies throughout her career, including as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County, New York; the Director of Human Rights for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health; Executive Director for the Vermont Children's Forum; Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in New York City, NY; and the Associate Director of Program Development and Training for the Family Connection Center for Visitations also in New York City, NY.
Ms. Collier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from George Mason University in 1993 and a Juris Doctor Degree from Howard University School of Law in 1997, where she graduated cum laude and served as the President of Howard's Public Interest Law Society. Ms. Collier also spent time studying in Athens, Greece with the Temple University School of Law. In 2010, Ms. Collier was selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation for its Applied Leadership Network (ALN) – a leadership development program for justice professionals working to decrease reliance on incarceration and increase justice system effectiveness. She is also the inaugural and current chairperson of the ALN Alumni Network.