MOUNT HOLLY – Three Burlington Vicinage probation officers have been honored for their service to the New Jersey Judiciary.
Senior Probation Officers Frank D'Erminio and Arline Laurick were honored for meritorious service, while Senior Probation Officer Charon Nabors was cited for career achievement.
D'Erminio, Laurick and Nabors received their awards on July 27 at the Second Annual Chief Probation Officers of New Jersey Awards ceremony in Trenton. The Conference of Chief Probation Officers gives the awards for service during the previous year.
The awards capped Burlington’s celebration of National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week, the first since Edwin Lee Jr. was named the vicinage’s first African-American chief probation officer in June.
Lee, who lives in Mansfield, has 14 years of probation experience and most recently served as assistant chief probation officer in Mercer County. He has helped create programs such as Juvenile Drug Court, Project Safe Neighborhoods and a specialized program called IMPACT (Interventions Moving Probation and the Community Together).
“I have complete confidence in the leadership abilities of Mr. Lee," Burlington Vicinage Assignment Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder said. “His knowledge and professionalism are respected statewide, and he is committed to making our probation division as effective as possible.”
Lee said his wants to expand community-based programs while “taking the adult, juvenile, and child support units to a new level of excellence.”
“I have prioritized broadening the scope of existing partnerships while forming new ones with the goal of assisting probationers to successfully complete the conditions of their court orders,” Lee said. “Above all, probation should be a transparent division with accountability, productivity, efficiency, and information sharing at the forefront.”category Burlington County