HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today appointed Michael C. Potteiger of York County as the new chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, effective Feb. 1.
Potteiger, 45, of York Haven, succeeds Lloyd A. White, who has served as acting chairman since last July.
"Mike Potteiger has the depth of experience to lead this agency as well as the foresight and imagination to look for new solutions to improve the system and reduce recidivism,'' Corbett said. "I also want to thank Lloyd White for his willingness to guide us through this transition period.''
White, who has been a member of the board since 2001, thanked Corbett for the opportunity to serve as its acting chairman.
"It has been my sincere honor to lead this agency during this time of change, and I thank the governor for his confidence in me. I look forward to working with Mr. Potteiger and in continuing to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania in my capacity as a board member.''
Corbett nominated Potteiger to the state board in July and he was confirmed by the Senate in December. As chairman, Potteiger will earn $122,309.
Potteiger has more than 20 years experience in the criminal justice system, including designing and overseeing programs that contribute to community safety, re-entry efforts and supervision.
A graduate of Penn State University, Potteiger began his career as a Dauphin County probation officer. While supervising convicted drug offenders, Potteiger was instrumental in the planning and development of the Intensive Drug Unit.
He then served as chief adult probation officer in Northumberland County, helping implement a treatment court for drug and alcohol offenders, as well as people with mental health issues.
In 2008, he returned to Dauphin County as the director of the Adult Probation and Parole Services. As director, he developed programs to focus on re-entry by engaging offenders' family members in the process. He was instrumental in developing Dauphin County's veterans court. Potteiger also currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania County Adult Probation Chiefs Association.
The Board of Probation and Parole is committed to protecting the safety of the public, addressing the needs of crime victims, improving county adult probation and parole services and assisting in the fair administration of justice by ensuring the custody, control, and treatment of offenders under the board's jurisdiction.
For more information, visit the board online at www.pbpp.state.pa.us.
Sherry Tate, PBPP; 717-772-0260
Janet Kelley, Governor's Office; 717-783-1116
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor