Minnesota Association of 
County Probation Officers 

2014 MACPO Award Winners

 

 

AL REKER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

 

John Klavins, Director, Carver County Court Services

 

The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO) was proud to present its prestigious Al Reker Distinguished Service Award to John Klavins, Director of Carver County Court Services at the annual spring conference on May 21st, 2014.  The Al Reker award is bestowed to a member annually to recognize contributions made by an individual over a sustained period of time in the field of probation. Further, this award is to acknowledge exemplary contributions and dedication to the profession of probation/parole.

 

Brown County Probation Director, Les Schultz along with Eric Johnson, Supervisor at Carver County Court Services nominated John Klavins for the Al Reker Award for his outstanding commitment and leadership in Corrections.

 

John began his career in Ramsey County in the late 80’s, but soon became employed with Washington County.  John spent over 15 years as a Probation Officer and Supervisor in Washington County.  While in Washington County, he managed caseloads and supervised an intensive juvenile day treatment program prior to becoming a Supervisor. John began as Director of Carver County Court Services in December of 2003. John has established great relationships with the Carver County Judges, County Attorney, Sheriff, Court Administrator, and the County Administrator and County Board. John was one of the original members of the MN Cognitive Network, which originated in the mid 1990’s and remains in existence today. John was trained in several Cognitive Skills curricula and taught many cog groups, and was an active Effective Case Management trainer for over 10 years. John has been the Chair of the Evidence-Based Practices Policy Team for the past several years. John has been the Chair of the CPO Directors group four years.

 

John Klavins emulates EBP. He can talk for days on the virtues of EBP and why every corrections person should understand and use EBP.  He has chaired and continues to not only teach, but sit on many committees that involve EBP. John has been instrumental in bringing EBP to County Probation. John serves as adjunct faculty at Minnesota State University-Mankato. He teaches correction classes and is a mentor to many students. John is well respected by his staff. They know he cares and works hard with his entire department to maintain a professional agency working to better the lives of offenders. John is just one of the nice guys. John always is interested more in knowing about your family and life than about caseloads and work talk. Although work is important to John, he truly cares more about his fellow colleagues and coworkers.

 

On the lighter side of life, John likes to talk with people a lot! He also has some interesting habits and preferences, including unsalted chips with salsa, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, a unique style of typing messages and reports, and he loves geography, traveling and maps - lots of different kinds of maps! In fact, if you want suggestions on where to travel and need a map, call John first!

 

John Klavins is a tremendous asset to the corrections field in Minnesota. He has been a champion of Evidence-Based Practices for the last 20 years, and has worked tirelessly to promote the use of these effective interventions locally and statewide!

 

 

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD

 

Charles "Chuck" Kitzman, Director, Otter Tail County Probation 

 

The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO) presented the Outstanding Performance Award to Charles "Chuck" Kitzman, Director, Otter Tail County Probation at the annual spring conference on May 21st, 2014. This award is given to recognize an individual who has demonstrated professionalism and leadership within their county or in the field of probation. This person must have been in the field for at least one year. This individual may have implemented a new corrections program, worked in the community to bring new corrections related services to clients or simply is an incredibly hard working individual who merits recognition.

 

Below is the nomination from Otter Tail County Probation Agent, Mindy Sachs.Below is the nomination from Otter Tail County Probation Agent, Mindy Sachs.Below is the nomination from Otter Tail County Probation Agent, Mindy Sachs.


Charles "Chuck" Kitzman supervises agents and support staff in Fergus Falls as well as our satellite office located in New York Mills. Chuck has been the director of Otter Tail County Probation for approximately 29 years.

 
Chuck has displayed professionalism and leadership within Otter Tail County. He has expanded our probation department to include a community work service program and DUI court program. The community service work program is very beneficial to us agents, due to the fact that we do not have to take extra time to coordinate community service work and monitor completion. The DUI Court Program is beneficial to our county and its participants. Not only are the participants supervised on a strict program, they also receive support in their journey to sobriety. Chuck also serves on multiple boards that include: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force; Collaborative CEO Group; Collaborative Planning and Evaluation Work Group; Lake Region Halfway House Board; West Central Regional Juvenile Center Advisory Board; as well as other committees. Chuck is a great supervisor who looks out for the best interests of his employees, is very supportive, and approachable. Chuck encourages us to be involved with different committees and organizations so we too can develop leadership skills.

 
On a personal note, Chuck is a private person. He enjoys his family, grown children, and spoiling his grandchildren. Chuck also enjoys fishing, collecting boats, and doesn't share his fishing spot no matter how much I beg. Chuck and I like to swap stories and joke about fishing and share pictures of 'the big walleyes.’

 

I believe Chuck's hard work, professionalism and leadership merits recognition. Please consider awarding him with the Outstanding Performance Award.
  


 

 

EXCELLENCE IN CORRECTIONS AWARD

 

Mary Ann Wonn, Brown County Teen Court 

  

The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO) presented the Excellence in Corrections Award to Brown County Teen Court at the annual spring conference on May 21st, 2014. This award is given to recognize a corrections program which has demonstrated outstanding leadership and development in the field of probation.


Below is the nomination from Brown County Probation Director, Les Schultz.

 
Brown County has the longest running teen court in Minnesota.  This program started in 1998 and is considered a “peer court” model. Brown County Teen Court has close to 75 jurors all over the county trained to here low level juvenile offenses (i.e. underage consumption, theft, criminal damage, disorderly conduct).  These teenagers are trained to ask questions of the offender and his/her parents and then deliberate a true and fair sentence.  Sanctions can include: curfew, community service, paper, education classes, drug testing, assessments, etc.


This program has close to 70 offenders in the program each year (over 1,100 offenders in this program since it started 15 years ago).  Mary Ann Wonn is the Teen Court Coordinator and several probation officers assist with this program when necessary.  Offenders sign an admission papers to the offense and the jury reviews the police reports and prepares questions in advance.  Brown County Teen Court also has one teen juror who is promoted to assistant coordinator who then helps prepare cases for court and often acts as the “judge” in the case during teen court.


This program has been a great for our County.  It provides a way for adolescents to be part of the criminal justice system in a positive way and also provides programming for offenders who have violated the law.

 


 

 

ROOKIE AGENTOF THE YEAR AWARD

 

Lindsay Cates, Agent II, Carver County Court Services

 

The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO) presented the Rookie Agent of the Year Award to Lindsay Cates, Agent II, Carver County Court Services at the annual spring conference on May 21st, 2014. This award is given to a newer agent (one to three years in the field of probation) who has demonstrated abundant potential and professionalism in his/her early career. This award recipient presents a strong desire to learn on the job, participates in a variety of training opportunities, demonstrates enthusiasm and a positive attitude, and works collaboratively with other more experienced team members. This agent has strong leadership potential, has brought new energy into their agency/department, and is working toward a very promising future in the field of probation!

 

Below is the nomination from Eric Johnson, Supervisor and John Klavins, Director, Carver County Court Services.

Lindsay Cates began her corrections career as a Court Services Agent I in Cass County on 3-19-12. In June of 2013, Carver County Court Services successful “stole” Lindsay from Cass County. Thankfully, she agreed to join the Carver probation team and move south to the Twin Cities area, relocating to lovely Chaska, MN!

 

Since joining the team at Carver County Court Services, Lindsay has demonstrated strong leadership abilities and a great desire to collaborate with her co-workers and her clients. She has provided ongoing feedback to her peers and managers in a very professional and diplomatic manner, and has helped to create new policies and improvements on certain procedural matters related to supervision of juvenile offenders. In her first year at Carver County, Lindsay volunteered to take a lead role in victim/offender mediation activities in the juvenile division, and she has enthusiastically participated in EBP related training and programming activities.

Lindsay has formed strong collaborative relationships with her peers and with many stakeholders in the juvenile justice system, included school staff, attorneys, social workers, law enforcement officers, judges, and others. A number of her peers have commented on Lindsay’s professional and positive attitude at the office, and have appreciated her insights and her good sense of humor! Perhaps most importantly, Lindsay has shown a great level of compassion, understanding, commitment and accountability to her clients and their families. She approaches her caseload work in a very logical and ethical manner, and listens actively to learn and guide her decisions and to create a positive working alliance.

 

Lindsay is also a member of the MACPO Training & Education Committee, where she shares her enthusiasm for finding great training opportunities for probation officers throughout Minnesota. After completing specific job related activities and training requirements in less than one year, Lindsay was promoted to Agent II status this past April by the First Judicial District.

In summary, through her great attitude, enthusiasm, and hard work, Lindsay clearly demonstrates “abundant potential and professionalism in her early career.” In addition, she has strong leadership potential and a very promising future in the field of probation/corrections. Carver County, MACPO, and many probation clients and stakeholders will certainly continue to benefit from Lindsay’s sincere dedication and specialized skills!

 

PS & Editor’s Note:  John & Eric are genuinely working to “restore any harm” that was done and offering their sincere apologies to fellow Director Jim Schneider in Cass County for their hiring (or “thievery”) of Agent Cates in 2013, but in the end, there should be no regrets because we are all still part of the MACPO family!

 


 

 

SUPERIOR SERVICE AWARD

 

Steve Paquay, Director, Chisago County Probation

Al Reker Distinguished Service Award
This award is given to recognize contributions made by an individual over a sustained period of time in the field of probation. Further, this award is to acknowledge exemplary contributions and dedication to the profession of probation/parole.

Excellence in Corrections Award
This award is given to recognize a correction’s program, which has demonstrated outstanding leadership and development in the field of probation.

Outstanding Performance Award
This award is given to recognize presented an individual who has demonstrated professionalism and leadership within their county or in the field of probation. This person must have been in the field for at least one year. This individual may have implemented a new corrections program, worked in the community to bring new corrections related services to clients or simply is an incredibly hard working individual who merits recognition.

The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO) presented the their first Superior Service Award to Steven Paquay, Director, Chisago County Probation at the annual spring conference on May 21st, 2014. This award is given to recognize an individual, group or agency that has provided superior service to advance the mission and goals of MACPO and has demonstrated strong leadership and exceptional service for MACPO.

 

Below is the nomination from Chisago County Probation Officer, Jocelyn Worden.

 

There are people who get up every day, put in their eight hour day and return home. Then there are those few individuals who rise up every morning and are ready to make an impact on the World. Steve Paquay is definitely an individual who has committed his career on making a positive impact on the field of probation. Steve has been a devoted MACPO member since he began his career over 40 years ago.

 

Throughout his career, Steve has been a leader in the criminal justice system. He has made innovative changes to programs and practices as Chisago County Court Services Director. Some may say he has experienced many “flavors of the month” in his time. Steve has developed several programs in his county such: one of the first domestic-offender supervised case loads, DWI ISP, juvenile drug court and pre-trial supervision to name a few.

 

Steve has served as MACPO President (1986), the 1994 Al Reker Award recipient and long-time member of the Legislative Committee to include being Chair and Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee from 1996-2010.  Even though he is looking forward to his well-earned retirement this upcoming summer, he continues to be a significant contributor to MACPO. There are countless proposed bills that have been introduced, several that have passed, that Steve has taken the lead on and helped develop. Steve has led the charge to ensure that CPO counties count and matter in the eyes of the legislators. One of the greatest accomplishments was developing Case Load Work Load Reduction funding, which has greatly assisted all counties in the State.  He truly will be missed by the legislative committee due to the fact he has worked with the issues for over 20 years.

 

For decades, the subject of single-stream funding has been discussed and reviewed. There have been several ideas and formulas that have been suggested throughout the years. In the past several months, this subject has been put into the limelight. To ensure that CPO counties were not swallowed by the DOC and CCA counties, Steve developed a formula that is fair, just and rational. Throughout the State, Steve was the one person who could formulate a plan that could work for all delivery systems. His decades of exceptional service and commitment to MACPO continues to resonate even as he is beginning to transition to the next phase of his life.

 

Though he is retiring, Steve’s strong leadership and devotion to MACPO and the field of probation will continue to the positively impact probation decades to come. Steve Paquay has definitely earned the right to be the MACPO Superior Service Award’s first recipient.

 

Steve Paquay was also given a certificate in honor of his retirement.


 

 

 

OUTGOING PRESIDENT-ELECT RECOGNITION AWARD

Bruce Hagstrom, Probation Officer, Chisago County Probation

 

Bruce received a plaque as outgoing president-elect of MACPO for the 2013-2014 year. Bruce worked very hard this past year and did an outstanding job for all of MACPO’s members! Bruce was also awarded a plaque in honor of his work on the MACPO Legislative Committee and was given a certificate in honor of his retirement. 


 

 

 

OUTGOING SECRETARY RECOGNITION AWARD

Jocelyn Worden, Probation Officer, Chisago County Probation

Jocelyn received a plaque as outgoing secretary of MACPO. Jocelyn did an excellent job and worked very diligently for MACPO!

 

 

 

 

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