Edward J. Dolan was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Service in June 2013. He previously served as the Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) where he had held various positions since 1997, including Deputy Commissioner and Director of Classification. He was also Chief Operating Officer at Massachusetts Half Way Houses, Inc., and a Forensic Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Commissioner Dolan has also served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Parole Board and its Director of Research, Planning and Systems Development. Early in his career, he held the position of court planner on the staff of the Trial Court Chief Administrative Judge Arthur Mason. Commissioner Dolan has a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in government for Umass/Amherst. He is a certified trainer in the area of risk/need assessment and has provided consulting services in areas including organizational and program development, parole decision making and information services.