Massachusetts Probation Commissioner Edward J. Dolan has appointed Lydia M. Todd the new First Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Service. Todd, who will be responsible for day to day operations as well as oversight of administrative services, is scheduled to start her new position on Monday, June 6th.\n\nAs a member of Probation\u2019s senior leadership team, Todd will be responsible for setting the framework, programmatic goals, and guidelines of Probation programs, including those related to all Specialty Courts and the Electronic Monitoring Program. The former executive director for NFI Massachusetts, Inc., will also provide strategic planning and policy development for Probation programs.\n\n\u201cI am thrilled to be called to serve the Massachusetts Probation Service and Trial Court staff. I look forward to supporting their work in providing the best possible services to the Commonwealth\u2019s citizens: the public, Probation and partner professionals, and probationers alike,\u201d Todd said.\n\nTodd has extensive senior management and leadership experience and is a United States Air Force veteran. Todd has held the positions of Deputy Chief of Institutional Services for the Massachusetts Parole Board, Director of Program Evaluation for Massachusetts Half-Way Houses, Inc., and \u00a0Director of Organizational Development for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.\n\n\u201cMs. Todd is a proven professional with the requisite knowledge, experience, leadership, and administrative skills to help shape and support the dual mission of the Service which is to maintain the safety of our communities while guiding those individuals in our care and custody toward a better path in life,\u201d Commissioner Dolan said.\n\nTodd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from Park College, a master\u2019s degree in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a master\u2019s degree in Philosophy from Yale University. Todd is an instructor in the UMASS-Boston Sociology and Criminal Justice Departments.