Probation Department on Target

by Audry Kensicki on February 18, 2010 at 3:22 am

While budgets are tight across the state, and departments are finding themselves cutting back, the Muskingum County Probation Department is right on track.

Each year Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle meets with the county commissioners to present a report.

He said the department is set for its 2010 budget.

"We were very fortunate," said Fleegle. "About half of our money comes from a state grant. Last year we applied for and received money for the state grant for this year and next year."

Fleegle said the department is on target with its programs, with positive success rates.

"We did quite well on the success rate of the people we had on and the programs they attended," he said. "As well as restitution and monies that were collected. And that means savings for the county and the state."

Last year the department was part of a great honor. It was chosen as one of three finalists for the Clifford Skein Award, which names the top probation department in the state.