Thursday, 05 01, 2014
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Kentucky Department of Corrections Director of Probation & Parole Roberto Rodriguez today announced the promotion of Michelle Blakeman to assistant supervisor of District 9 which covers all of Fayette County. She assumed her new duties on May 1.
“Michelle has been with the department a number of years and has a wealth of knowledge in the area of pre-sentence investigation and re-entry programming,” said Rodriguez. “Throughout her years with the department she has developed a great working relationship with the judges who serve District 9. I am very pleased with her selection to be part of the leadership of District 9.”
Blakeman began her career with the Department of Corrections in August 2006 as a probation and parole investigator. She was the first pre-sentence investigator in the state and was issued badge number one. While serving as an investigator she was awarded two commissioner’s coins for her work with the Kentucky Offender Management System (KOMS) pilot project as well as for her work the social security office to assist offenders with getting identification cards once released from prison. Blakeman also received the 2010 “Officer of the Year” award for her district. In September 2011, she transitioned to probation and parole officer and began supervising a caseload with both felony probationers and parolees. In 2012 she was appointed as a re-entry liaison with certifications in the following programs: Thinking for a Change, 24/7 Dads, EPICS, and New Directions.
Blakeman is a 2004 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation administration with a minor in psychology.