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Press Release Northampton District Court Probation Officer John Thorpe is honored by the Hampshire County Bar Association

For immediate release:
5/17/2019
  • Massachusetts Probation Service

Media Contact for Northampton District Court Probation Officer John Thorpe is honored by the Hampshire County Bar Association

Coria Holland, Communications Director

MassachusettsJohn Thorpe, a six-year Probation Officer at the Hampshire District Court, was recognized with the “Contribution to Justice Award” by the Hampshire County Bar Association at the Bar’s 23rd Annual Appreciation event held in the Ballroom of the Hotel Northampton.

Each year, the association presents an award to a “non-attorney” who has made significant contributions to the legal community, according to Bar Association President Jesse Adams of Adams & Kokonowski, LLC. 

“John Thorpe is a dedicated probation officer who is known for his compassion, and tireless efforts to rehabilitate members of our community so that they can live active, productive and healthy lives,” Adams said.

He continued, “John is also well-known and highly respected in the Hampshire County community given his dedicated volunteerism for many years on several community boards and committees such as the Steering Committee for the Sojourner Truth School for Social Justice Leadership, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Northwestern District Attorney's Children's Advocacy Center Board. John Thorpe is a tremendous asset to the Northampton District Court Probation Department as well as outstanding community member.”

Northampton District Court Presiding Justice Maureen Walsh, Probation Officer John Thorpe, Hampshire County Bar Association President Jesse Adams & Northampton Chief Probation Officer Jane Pendergast.
First Justice Maureen Walsh, PO John Thorpe, Hampshire County Bar Association President Jesse Adams & CPO Jane Pendergast.

Thorpe said of his award, “I am humbled and honored by this award. I enjoy and value our community and I try to do what I can to make it a better place for everyone.”

Hampshire County District Court First Justice Maureen E. Walsh and Chief Probation Officer Jane Pendergast attended the event and also spoke about Thorpe and his impact.

Walsh said, “We are extremely fortunate in Hampshire County to be working with Probation Officer John Thorpe. He is dedicated to helping people in the community and ensuring public safety. He approaches every person and situation with dignity, professionalism and respect. He is deserving of this recognition.”

Pendergast commented, "John is an excellent selection for this award. He is someone that I consider to be a loyal and hardworking employee, an involved and invested member of the Hampshire county community and a true friend. He is truly committed to making the world a better place and he exemplifies this by how he lives his life. Without question, he has positively impacted the lives of many of the probationers that he has worked with.”

Commissioner of Probation Edward J. Dolan said Thorpe is “one of the many compassionate and dedicated Probation employees who make a difference in communities throughout the Commonwealth.”

“I would like to add to the congratulations that John has received on his impactful work. He is truly deserving of this fine recognition,” Dolan stated.

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Media Contact for Northampton District Court Probation Officer John Thorpe is honored by the Hampshire County Bar Association

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