Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers is dedicated to promoting quality correctional practices through professional growth, leadership, education, communication and support.
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2022 MACPO Award Winners!!
Al Reker Award
Wright County Court Services
Excellence in Corrections Award
Northwest MN Juvenile Center
Outstanding Performance Award
Goodhue County Court Services
Rookie Agent of the Year Award
Wabasha County Probation
MACPO Superior Service Award
Cass County Probation
Evidence Based Practices
Isanti County Probation
Western Probation Services
MACPO and American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) Partnership
The APPA Leadership Institute provides community corrections professionals with a fundamental understanding of leadership within the community corrections area. This course serves those from all different backgrounds and cultures. For more information on what this course has to offer, as well as other information about APPA please visit their website at
Summer just arrived, yet the days are already getting shorter. Isn’t it interesting how our perceptions can influence our attitude? We have more control over attitude than we realize! I have the privilege of working in Otter Tail County, a county that boasts more lakes than any other county in the country! We also endure more tornadoes than any other county in Minnesota, yet let’s focus on the positive.
We work in a field where our attitude can directly drive the success of those entrusted to our supervision and care. I am fascinated by the level of professionalism witnessed in our field every single day. This great work often goes unnoticed by the public. All the blood, sweat, and tears (and pee and saliva) turn struggling clients into productive community members, family members, and taxpayers. We address unstable mental health, chemical addiction, and limited resources. We focus on building relationships to guide behavior change. It’s not a flashy career, yet it’s one that directly enhances public safety. We make a difference!
Although the state legislature did not act on the community supervision funding proposal mostly supported by all three delivery systems, we were still left with hope for next year. Did I mention Minnesota ranks as the state that currently invests the lowest proportion of state general funds on corrections? Much work continues to occur behind the scenes on behalf of our membership. We plan to continue our collaborative relationship with MACCAC and DOC to drive much needed change to the way community supervision services are funded in our great state.
Enough attention is not given to all the professionals that serve on MACPO committees. These professionals take time to continually deliver the best possible outcomes for our membership. If you know anyone on a committee, please take time to thank them for their effort. An organization is only as strong as its weakest member. Seeing the stability of our organization demonstrates the strength of our committees. Thank you to all who serve on MACPO committees!
Brown County’s long-time director, Les Schultz, retired this past spring. To say he made a positive impact on our organization during his 29.75 years in the business is an understatement. Thank you, Mr. Schultz, for your dedicated service to Brown County, MACPO, and all of corrections. We wish you the very best in your retirement and your future endeavors.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your MACPO President. Feel free to contact me at any time!