For Immediate Release - October 03, 2012

Search for Probation Commissioner Launched

Chief Justice Robert Mulligan and Court Administrator Harry Spence last week convened a committee to assist the Trial Court with the selection of a new Commissioner of Probation for Massachusetts.  Acting Commissioner Ronald P. Corbett, Jr., had previously notified them of his decision to retire after a 39-year career with the court system when his two-year term ends in January 2013.

Committee members include officials from within and external to the court system who are familiar with the role and services provided by Probation, as a critical component of the criminal justice system.  The committee will work with executive search firm Isaacson Miller, which was selected through an RFP process to assist with recruiting and screening candidates.  The committee will conduct interviews and recommend finalists for consideration.  The Trial Court’s Human Resources staff will support the committee during the process.

Isaacson Miller has initiated a data collection process to enable preparation of a challenge document for dissemination to criminal justice professionals across the country.  Those with information on potential candidates or sources for potential candidates are encouraged to forward recommendations to the Isaacson Miller search team at the following email   

Committee Members:
Chief Justice of the Trial Court Robert Mulligan
Court Administrator Harry Spence
Mass. Sentencing Commission Executive Director Francis J. Carney, Ph.D.
Acting Commissioner of Probation Ronald Corbett, Ed. D.
Chief Probation Officer Sophia O'Brien (ret.)
Judge Stacey Fortes-White, District Court
Judge John Lu, Superior Court Probation Committee Chair
Judge Edward Redd, Boston Municipal Court (ret.)
Secretary Mary E. Heffernan, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
Parole Board Chair Josh Wall
Executive Director Christine Cole, Harvard JFK School Program in Criminal Justice;
Chair, Advisory Committee on Probation
Attorney Lee Gartenberg, Director of Inmate Legal Services, Middlesex Sheriff's Office; Executive
Management Board, Mass. Bar Association