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|July 14, 2005
||Coria Holland, Director of Communications
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NORFOLK PROBATION EMPLOYEES RETIRE
AFTER NEARLY 70 YEARS OF SERVICE
Cody, a Probation Officer In Charge (POIC) at the Quincy
Community Corrections Center, and Joan Rockett, a Norfolk
County Superior Court Probation Officer, retired recently
after working a combined total of nearly 70 years for the
Massachusetts Probation Service.
who began his career as a Suffolk Superior Court Probation
Officer, first punched in November 15, 1970. Rockett, a
32-year Probation Officer, joined the service three years
later on November 12, 1973. Norfolk Superior Court Probation
Officers honored Cody and Rockett at a special celebration
recently at American Legion Post #18 in Dedham. Cody and
Rockett’s retirements were effective on June 29th
and May 23rd respectively.
Cody and Rockett are well-respected by their colleagues
and offenders alike. Cody was known for his kind heart
and easy-going manner. Rockett will be remembered for her
who spent his last five years as a POIC, first entered
the human services field 46 years ago having worked for
the Department of Youth Services and for the old Girls
Detention Center on South Huntington Avenue. He also worked
with juvenile offenders at Bridgewater State Hospital.
his tenure as a probation employee, Cody often exceeded
his job requirements. He provided baby clothes and furniture
for offenders. Cody and his family even set a place at
the family dinner table for offenders without family.
Superior Court Chief Probation Officer Ed Siudut once said
of Cody, “Joe Cody is an outstanding probation officer
and outstanding human being who has accomplished much in
his career and has helped countless people.”
trained nurse and licensed social worker, Probation Officer
Rockett first worked at the Massachusetts Correctional
Institution Bridgewater State Hospital. Chief Siudut described
Rockett, who retired at 74, as a person who is “young
at heart and a joy to have around because of her contagious
really cared about her probationers and wanted to help
them straighten their lives out. She tried very hard to
help them get their lives on track and worked closely with
them. She knew their family members and significant others.
She was very committed to her work and dedicated to the
people,” Siudut said.