MAYVILLE – Retired Chautauqua County Probation Director Linda Shields was honored this week with the Sarah Tuller Fasoldt Leadership Award.
Shields, who recently retired, accepted the award at a reception held in the legislative chambers. She served as an assistant director and former probation officer for the county. She had a 30 year career with the department. “Our work involves changing behavior which is difficult,” she said. She said one of her goals has been to provide mentoring wherever possible.
County Executive Vince Horrigan said she was instrumental in establishing the alternatives to incarceration program. She also was successful in establishing another grant called “Ready, Set, Work.”
New York State Probation Deputy Commissioner Robert M. Maccarone presented the award. “Each year we give an award to a director,” he said. The award is named for a former commissioner.
He said that Shields was “on the cutting edge” of programming in probation departments throughout the state. The office supervises more that 1,400 people annually who are directed through the courts systems. He said the program was a “catalyst for change” and is part of improved community safety in the county.
“Chautauqua County probation is putting people back to work,” Maccarone said. He said Shields was an outstanding leader and example of community service in Chautauqua County.
In accepting the award, Shields said, “Success is insured by the outstanding support system in the probation office.”
She acknowledged her parents, who attended the ceremony, and her husband, Bill. She started as a college intern in the department.
Tom Narraway is now serving as interim director.