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POPAI Founder’s Award presented to Joe Hooker

Joe_HookerAt the POPAI Fall Conference in French Lick, the 2015 Founder’s Award was presented to Joe Hooker of Tippecanoe County Probation.

The POPAI Founder’s Award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general and specifically to the POPAI organization and who are characterized by their commitment of influence and promotion of professionalism to Indiana probation.

Joe started his career in probation as a probation officer in 1978.  He has been involved with POPAI from the beginning of the organization.  He has served as the District 6 Representative on several occasions, advocating for probation officers in Indiana.

After 32 years of service, in 2011, Joe received the prestigious Order of Augustus Award, a well-deserved recognition.

According to Dave Hullinger, Joe’s chief probation officer:  “There have been many amazing changes to the Tippecanoe County Probation Department over the years.  Probation caseloads have grown from the twenty (20) to 150 +clients per officer.  Since January of 1978, Joe has been our one constant in the ever changing world of probation.  His commitment to clients, the community, and his fellow co-workers is evident every day.  In 1988, he worked with others to establish Tippecanoe County Community Corrections.  He has been a volunteer board member with the local SURF Center (a not-for-profit agency that provides 12-step programming for those in need).  I am fortunate to be able to call Joe a co-worker and a friend.  He is a kind soul with a ‘true north’ moral compass.”

Joe’s leadership has been an asset to probation in Indiana.  He has also been a champion advocating for increased state-level resources for probation officers.

Congratulations to Joe Hooker for receiving the 2015 Founder’s Award!

Communities request more funds than DOC has available

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The Indiana Lawyer on September 28, 2015 by Marilyn Odendahl

In advance of lower-risk offenders staying in local jails instead of going to state prisons, counties across Indiana have requested more than $17 million from the state.

The counties are trying to get a slice of new grant funding coming from the Indiana Department of Correction. However, for the first round of appropriations this fiscal year, the DOC only has $5 million to give.

Sixty applications came in to the DOC by the Sept. 18 deadline asking for a total of $17.4 million. Some of the applications were submitted from regional groups, so the total number of counties involved in this round is about 70.

2015 POPAI Election

Thank you to everyone who submitted their 2015 Intent to Run forms as well as to anyone who considered dedicating their time to the POPAI Board!

The 2015 POPAI Election was held at the Annual Business Meeting September 17, 2015 in French Lick.

Election results:

Vice President:  Ryan Hull, Noble County

Treasurer:  Christine Kerl, Marion County

District 1:  Robert Schuster, LaPorte County

District: 3:  Sarah Lochner, Wabash County

District 5:  CJ Miller, Hamilton County

District 7:  Brian Sharp, Clark County

Congrats to all!  Please watch the POPAI website in May/June/July 2016 for the next annual elections.

POPAI By-laws Revised at Annual Business Meeting

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on September 29, 2015

At the September 17, 2015 Annual POPAI Business meeting, the membership approved changes to the organization’s by-laws.

The changes are primarily related to Life Membership; i.e., how to apply for Life Membership and clarification regarding Life Member voting privileges.

A further clarification regarding Executive Board qualifications was adopted: all Executive Board members must be employed as a probation officer in Indiana, be certified as a probation officer by the Judicial Conference of Indiana and be a probation officer member or life member of POPAI in good standing.

The revised by-laws have an added  “character clause” Executive Board members:  Any verifiable criminal, moral, or unethical act committed by an Executive Board member while acting in that capacity may result in the request for resignation from the Executive Board.

The newly revised by-laws are posted on the POPAI website at the following link.    2015 POPAI By-laws