KRISTEN HANTHORN APPOINTED HEAD OF PAROLE AND PROBATION DIVISION
Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin announced Thursday the appointment of Kristen Hanthorn as lieutenant in charge of the Sheriff’s Office Parole and Probation Division.
“Kristen is a true leader who has the skills and abilities to handle this division,” Bergin said. “She has been a dedicated employee who has come up through the ranks and understands where we need to go as an organization, but more importantly, understands the importance of relationships within our criminal justice system.”
Hanthorn joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a deputy and has served as a criminal detective. She was promoted to sergeant in 2007.
The former Community Corrections Department was placed within the Sheriff’s Office earlier this year as part of a reorganization plan that saw the closure of the Transition Center residential facility in Warrenton. Last month Bergin reported to the county board of commissioners that the merger has already resulted in improved communications and increased efficiency between the two offices.
Parole and Probation Division, with a staff of seven parole and probation officers, supervises adult criminal offenders sentenced to probation by a court or released to post-prison supervision from incarceration. The division supervises approximately 400 clients through home and office visits, administers treatment, cognitive and social skills programs and alternative sanctions including house arrest and community service, and works with the local Drug Court, Family Drug Court and Treatment Court programs.
Parole and probation services are funded primarily through state revenue. Closure of the Transition Center has made available funding that will be redirected toward additional treatment programs and rental of additional jail beds in Tillamook County.
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