A former deputy chief of York County Adult Probation Department will return in May as the department's new chief, President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh announced Tuesday.

April Billet-Barclay left the county a few years ago to become assistant administrator of the Problem Solving Courts for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

She'll return May 8, replacing longtime director Albert Sabol, who retired after 34 years with the county, about 10 years as chief.

The position manages a 105-employee agency that handled 10,795 probation and parole cases in 2012.

Deputy chief Andy Novak has been acting as chief and will resume his role as deputy chief, said Court Administrator Tom Roberts.

"We feel quite fortunate to have April Billet-Barclay come back," Roberts said. "She had 10 years adult probation and, more importantly, was the director of our treatment courts."

Her background: Billet-Barclay's current duties with the state include administering the Supreme Court's accreditation program for adult drug and DUI courts, providing technical assistance to county treatment courts and assisting with the launch of a new case management system, according to the county's press release.

She spent 11 years with York County, 10 of them in the county's Adult Probation Department, before taking her current position.

Linebaugh called her "an expert in the field who, as a lifelong York County resident, has a vested interest in our community's public safety."


Goals: Billet-Barclay said she wants to return to the county because it's more personal to her.

"It's my community," she said. "It's where I live, and you're definitely going to have more of an impact on the county level."

She said her goals include continuing the county's efforts to reduce recidivism, or repeat offenses.

"You have the ability to look at an individual's past and see the impacting factors and correct those things and reduce recidivism," she said. "It really is about changing people's lives, not just warehousing them in prison."

She said probation officers are in a unique position because they're typically the last people to interact with defendants before they leave the corrections system.

"My goal is to do everything we can to leverage that interaction to improve community safety and reduce taxpayer cost."

She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from York College.

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