Suffolk County Probate & Family Court Swears In Eight Probation Employees
|Suffolk County Probate & Family Court Judge Joan Armstrong and newly sworn-in Probation Officers. Left to right are Judge Armstrong and Probation Officers Damen Kelton, Carlos Amado, Susan Young, Marie Cook, Shawn Haywood, Valerie Taylor, and Probation Commissioner Edward J. Dolan.
(Boston)- Eight Suffolk County Probate & Family Court Probation employees were sworn in before an audience of family, friends, and colleagues during a ceremony at the Edward Brooke Courthouse in Boston. This swearing-in ceremony for Suffolk Probate & Family Court employees is the first held in more than a decade.
First Justice Joan Armstrong presided over the ceremony and Suffolk Probate & Family Chief Probation Officer Marguerite Riley hosted the official yet festive event where the employees read an oath and received plaques.
Five of the employees are newly-appointed Probation Officers. They include Shawn Haywood, Damen Kelton, Susan Young, Scott Goldberg, and Carlos Amado. Marie Ellen Cook, a 19-year Probation Officer, and Valerie Taylor, a six-year Probation Officer, were sworn in for the first time. Assistant Chief Probation Officer Patrice O’Brien, who worked as a Suffolk Probate & Family Court Probation Officer since 1998, was also sworn in.
“This is an exciting and proud day. These Probation Officers have a bright, bright future and will have a huge impact on children and families in Suffolk County,” said Chief Riley.
“I am extremely pleased to have sworn in the new staff at Suffolk Probate & Family Court. Probate & Family Court Probation Officers play a very important role in the lives of families. Our staff is very committed. The veteran staff, in particular, is to be commended for their impactful and dedicated work at a time where there were fewer employees,” said Judge Armstrong.
Probation Commissioner Edward Dolan said of the newly-appointed and veteran employees, “An Assistant Chief Probation Officer and Probation Officers, newly-appointed and veteran, are an important part of our agency. They bring to their positions the excitement, creativity, and expertise to work with families and children during a crucial time in their lives.”
Probate & Family Court Probation Officers work with families to resolve matters involving child custody, divorce, separation and guardianship cases. Probate & Family Probation Officers have also taken on a new charge to get fathers more actively involved with their children's lives which national studies show leads to a reduction in family conflict and a decrease in recidivism or committing new crimes.
Over the past year, Probate and Family Court Probation Officers through the Dispute Intervention process have helped litigants reach a resolution in more than 60 percent of contested cases involving child custody, divorce, separation, and guardianship issues.