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Dauphin County to merge adult, juvenile probation

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Dauphin County Court is planning to merge its adult and juvenile probation departments in a move that's expected to save taxpayers more than $200,000 a year.

County spokeswoman Amy Richards Harinath said the move also would improve the monitoring of those under court supervision, maximize resources, streamline services and provide more family-centered, evidence-based programming.

Harinath said the merger will be completed later this year and will coincide with the retirement in June of Juvenile Probation Director Stephen J. Suknaic.

The new department, called Dauphin County Probation Services, will be led by Chad Libby, the current director of the county's Adult Probation and Parole Office.

Harinath said in a news release that there will be some staff realignment, but no layoffs will result from the merger.

The expected $210,000 in savings will come from having one director and repositioning staff, as well as through consolidating office space and maximizing the use of equipment, such as electronic monitoring devices, according to the news release.

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