The Passaic Vicinage probation division relocated to a new facility on March 19.
The probation division moved from the Passaic County Courthouse Annex to the Watson Building at 55 Dale Ave. in Paterson. The move involved probation staff in adult supervision, juvenile supervision, community service and the Comprehensive Enforcement Program (CEP).
Those offices vacated the Courthouse Annex, which they occupied for more than 20 years. The layout and design of the Annex, a Paterson landmark that was built as a post office is 1899, have not been conducive to probation operations.
The Watson Building, which has its own historic significance relative to Paterson’s industrial roots, was chosen because its size and layout enabled the vicinage to better accommodate the needs of the division to provide a variety of services to the public.
“Visitors to the new location will find a large and comfortable waiting room, a modern hearing room for our CEP cases, and sufficient office and storage space to enable our staff to work more effectively and efficiently,” Assignment Judge Donald L. Volkert Jr. said.
“I want to thank the Passaic County officials with whom we worked closely to design and oversee the construction and relocation process,” Volkert said. “And I am particularly grateful to Judge Glenn A. Grant, the acting administrative director of the courts, whose advocacy and support were vital to our success in moving forward with our plans.”