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For immediate release: December 10, 2008
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Kevin M. Brown Named Assistant Director of Probation Services

Kevin M. Brown has been named assistant director for Probation Services, today announced Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts. Brown succeeds Robert P. Sebastian, who is retiring after a total of 41 years with the Judiciary.

"We are grateful to Bob Sebastian for his long career of dedicated service. He is leaving the probation services division in good hands. Kevin is an exceptional manager who will provide innovation and leadership, and I look forward to working with him," said Judge Grant.

As assistant director, Brown will promote the welfare of children, families and communities in New Jersey by leading the approximately 1,600-member division in enforcing orders of the courts regarding the supervision and monitoring of adults and juvenile offenders sentenced to terms of probation or admitted to an intensive supervision program; the payment of fines and restitution by adult offenders; and the payment of child support by non-custodial parents.

In addition, Brown will work with the conference of vicinage chief probation officers to develop and implement policies and procedures to improve and enhance the Judiciary's delivery of probation services throughout New Jersey. He will work closely with managers in other divisions, including the family, criminal and finance divisions of the Judiciary, the state Division of Youth and Family Services, and other agencies.

"I'm humbled by the opportunity to lead the probation division and to serve the courts, the community and the citizens of New Jersey in this new role," said Brown. "I'm looking forward to working with staff both in the vicinages and at the Administrative Office of the Courts."

A graduate of North Carolina Central University, Brown was certified as a criminal justice counselor by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey and he was certified as a court manager by the National Center for State Courts.

He began his career in 1986 as a probation officer, first supervising adult offenders, then juveniles. In 1993, he was named a community development specialist coordinator for the juvenile intensive supervision program (JISP), where he served until his appointment as the Mercer Vicinage assistant chief probation officer in 1999. He was named the southern regional supervisor for JISP in 2005. In 2007, Brown was named the statewide chief of JISP.

Brown lives in Cherry Hill with his wife, Pamela, who is the vice president of developmental disabilities for Family Service in Mount Holly. They have one daughter, Taylor, who attends Morgan State University.

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