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|June 22, 2007
||Coria Holland, Director of Communications
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BARNSTABLE SUPERIOR COURT CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER
IS RECIPIENT OF PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
Superior Court Chief Probation Officer Joseph Hassett and
Probation Commissioner John J. O’Brien
Barnstable Superior Court Chief Probation Officer
Joseph Hassett, a 35-year employee of the Massachusetts Probation
Service, is the recipient of the 2007 Jim Minton Excellence Award.
The Jim Minton Award was named in honor of long-time
Brookline District Court Chief Probation Officer Jim Minton who
passed away in 2005. The award was presented to Hassett at the
Massachusetts Chief Probation Officers Association Conference
earlier this month. The award is presented annually by the association
to a Chief Probation Officer "whose leadership, dedication
and contributions to the Massachusetts Probation Service have
been an example to all and whose accomplishments are a credit
to the Massachusetts Probation Service."
A life-long resident of Barnstable, Hassett first
joined the Massachusetts Probation Service as a Probation Officer
at Barnstable District Court in 1972. He was employed there through
1985. He then became a Probation Officer at Barnstable Superior
Court and was subsequently named Chief Probation Officer of the
court in 1993.
“I am very humbled and honored to receive
this award,” said Hassett.
Hassett has served on numerous Massachusetts Trial
Court Committees and conducted workshops for both statewide and
national organizations. He was also instrumental in the development
of the Barnstable County Community Corrections Center, one of
the first centers in the state. There are now 25 Community Corrections
Centers statewide. These centers are one-stop sites where probationers
receive substance abuse counseling, drug testing and job and
As a founding member and chairperson of the Media
Relations Committee, Hassett contributed to the development of
the Massachusetts Probation Service's video entitled "The
Massachusetts Probation Service, A Legacy of Justice." The
12-minute video provides an overview of the service and its role
in keeping communities safe throughout the Commonwealth.
Hassett has served on host committees for the American
Probation and Parole Association and the New England Council
on Crime and Delinquency. He is also a member of the Chief Probation
Officers Association. Most recently, Hassett served on the Millennium
Court Group, a consortium of court managers and judges, who explored
ways to gauge community sentiment regarding the court system
and reviewed methods to measure performance in the courts.
The Barnstable native is a 1960 graduate of Barnstable
High School. Hassett also attended Brewster Academy in 1961 and
earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut
in 1967. He was a three-year varsity letterman in football. Prior
to his employment with the Massachusetts Probation Service, Hassett
was a high school teacher and football coach for five years.
Hassett and his wife, Susan, will celebrate 42
years of marriage in August. Residents of Cummaquid, the Hassetts
have three adult children and five grandchildren.