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March 17, 2013

Longtime Essex County probation chief to retire


“The county has never cut back. When the state drops reimbursement, the county has to pick up.”

The office uses fees, grants and STOP-DWI funding to try to supplement its budget, McDonald said.

“We try to be as self-supporting as we can. The cost keeps going up. I think it’s a fairly worthy investment.”


He said he’s going to miss coming to work at the Probation Department every day.

“It’s been an excellent staff over the years. I’ll miss the people, the staff here and in the DA’s Office, Public Defender, Social Services (offices).” 

Once retired, he said, “for awhile, I’ll do my project list around the house. I’m staying on some boards of directors that I’m on now. I want to keep my mind working.”

McDonald started work for Essex County in September 1981 as a social-services caseworker, became a probation officer trainee in 1983, a full probation officer in 1984 and a senior probation officer in 1988. He was promoted to director of probation in 1989.

County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas (D-Jay) recently went to a state criminal justice conference in Lake Placid with McDonald.

“I witnessed first-hand the respect they (other law-enforcement professionals) have for Scott,” Douglas said. “It’s Essex County’s loss. We will sorely miss him.”

The County Board of Supervisors unanimously awarded McDonald a certificate of appreciation on his retirement.

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