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March 25, 2013

Essex County Probation Department leader tapped

ELIZABETHTOWN — Longtime Essex County Probation Supervisor Juliann “Juli” Beatty is being eyed to replace retiring Probation Director Scott McDonald.

A Jay resident, she started with the Probation Department in August 1986.

Her appointment, unanimously approved by the County Personnel and Administration Committee recently, will get another preliminary vote at the County Board of Supervisors Ways and Means session Monday and a final vote April 1.

Her salary would be $64,000 a year.


McDonald’s last day was March 22. He retired after 32 years of service to the county.

A special subcommittee interviewed candidates for probation director, Supervisor George Canon (R-Newcomb) said, and selected Beatty as the best applicant.

She said she’s excited about the position.

“I have big shoes to fill with Scott’s departure, but I am looking forward to the challenges I will face along the way,” she said in an email.

“I believe we have excellent inter-agency relationships in Essex County, and this position will allow me to continue those relationships on multiple levels that will not only address public safety but better meet the needs of high-risk youth.”


Beatty said she has had a variety of work duties with both adult and juvenile probation clients during her career at the Essex County Probation Department.

“Children are our future, and I feel very strongly that we have to find better ways, especially in this economic climate, to meet the needs of the ‘at risk’ children in our community,” she said.

“In Essex County, we don’t refer to our kids as ‘Probation’s kid,’ ‘DSS’s (Department of Social Services) kid,’ ‘Mental Health’s kid,’ and so on. They are all ‘our kids.’

“Early identification and provision of appropriate services can go a long way to prevent a child from becoming an adult in the criminal-justice system,” she concluded.

Essex County has nine probation officers, supervising about 450 individuals.

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