- Massachusetts Probation Service
Media Contact for Lorna Spencer is named Statewide Supervisor of Superior Court Probation
Coria Holland, Communications Director
Boston, MA — Probation Commissioner Edward J. Dolan named Lorna Spencer, formerly Hampden Superior Court Chief Probation Officer, the new Statewide Supervisor of the Superior Courts.
Spencer first joined the Massachusetts Probation Service as a Probation Officer at Westfield District Court in July 1993. She was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief Probation Officer at the Hampden Division of the Superior Court in July 2000. Fourteen years later, Spencer was named Chief Probation Officer at the court.
As Statewide Supervisor of Superior Court Probation, Spencer will be responsible for ensuring that Chief Probation Officers and other probation personnel comply with existing statutes, evidence based practices, as well as all Probation and Trial Court policies and procedures.
“Ms. Spencer was an experienced and accomplished Superior Court Chief Probation Officer. She brings a demonstrated record of leadership along with a strong work ethic and significant expertise to this statewide position. Ms. Spencer will be an excellent addition to the Service in this role,” said Dolan.
"I am humbled and extremely honored to be appointed to serve as the next Statewide Supervisor. My tenure in the Hampden Superior Court Probation Department has been an exciting, motivating, indelible part of my career,” said Spencer. “In my new role, my goal is to work with the CPO's and employees within the 12 divisions, to assist them in their present duties and to build future leaders. It is my aspiration that my leadership ability and capacity to engage with other Statewide Supervisors, Regional Supervisors and the Field Services Division will enhance my supervision skills and over time, my vision for complete cohesiveness and proficiency will become a reality."
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology and a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from American International College. Spencer has completed two years in the Doctoral program at Capella University. Spencer holds memberships in the Massachusetts Chief Probation Officers Association, the Workforce Diversity and Cultural Competency (WDCC) Steering Committee and Cultural Proficiency Champions, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Iota Sweethearts Inc.
During her career, Spencer also was secretary of the Springfield Library Commission, appointed by Mayor Domenic Sarno in 2013; an Adjunct Professor at Bay Path University’s Longmeadow campus where she taught Probation and Parole in the School of Management and Social Justice; and a past member of (MAWLE) Massachusetts Women in Law Enforcement.