Release - January 15, 2003
Office of the Commissioner of Probation
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|January 15, 2003
Holland, Director of Communications
MASS. PROBATION EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED
AS NEW BEDFORD'S PERSON OF THE YEAR
FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS
Bedford resident Colleen Pina-Garron, a Probation Officer in Charge
at the New Bedford Juvenile Resource Center, was recently recognized
as the city’s “Woman of the Year.” This is the second year in a
row that a New Bedford probation employee has been spotlighted.
The “Man or Woman of the Year” is an honor bestowed by the New Bedford
Standard-Times which pays tribute to outstanding citizens and their
contributions to the community.
a life-long New Bedford resident, served on the search committee
for a new superintendent of schools. She also routinely assists
local parents in their dealings with the school system. Pina-Garron’s
involvement with the superintendent search garnered her an invitation
to speak about parent empowerment at conferences in Baltimore and
San Francisco. She also helped organize a conference, “Common Threads,”
in the city to address the concerns of Cape Verdeans.
nominations are submitted by members of the community and members
of the newspaper staff. A newsroom committee selects the winner.
year, Carl Cruz, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, was selected
“Man of the Year.” Cruz, a 24-year probation employee, was honored
for his efforts to educate the public about the contributions of
African-Americans and Cape Verdeans in the City of New Bedford.
Cruz also assisted the city in identifying more than 300 New Bedford
Soldiers who served during the Civil War, including those brave
soldiers who fought in the 54th Regiment.
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court and
12 Probate & Family Court probation offices throughout the Commonwealth.
Probation’s Juvenile Court system includes 11 divisions which represent
every county in the state. The Office of the Commissioner of Probation
(OCP) serves as the central administrative office for the state
Probation Service and the Office of Community Corrections which
operates 22 Community Corrections Centers throughout the state.