Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson today announced the appointment of Roberto (Bob) Rodriguez as director of the Division of Probation and Parole.

Rodriguez has more than 30 years of experience in pre- and post-adjudication community corrections programs.

“We are looking forward to Bob joining our Kentucky team,” said Thompson. “He brings a wealth of experience and a viewpoint from another jurisdiction.”

Rodriguez began his career in the criminal justice field in 1979 as a release on recognizance interviewer with the New York City Criminal Justice Agency in the borough of Manhattan and was later promoted to supervisor with the same agency working at central booking in the NYPD headquarters. In 1987 he was appointed program supervisor for the Orange County Department of Corrections Pretrial Services’ Program in Florida, and from 1987 to 1998 was additionally responsible for inmate initial classification, administrative booking and first appearance bond hearings for offenders. In 1998 he became the unit supervisor for the Orange County (Fla.) Probation Unit, and in 2001 was appointed probation director for the Office of Probation in Osceola County, Fla. He retired from that position in 2008.

His most recent position was manager of Sentinel Offender Services in Georgia, where he oversaw electronic monitoring programs, managed probation supervision, established pretrial diversion and pretrial release programs and secured electronic monitoring contracts with law enforcement agencies.

Rodriguez is known for his leadership and ability to establish, implement and manage community corrections programs that facilitate offender re-entry, reduce recidivism and ensure community reparation through appropriate sanctions. He has a track record of establishing best practice environments focusing on public safety, rehabilitative treatment for offenders, victim services, and cooperation within a jurisdiction. He has been an integral part of the Public Safety Coordinating Council of Osceola County, as well as a member of the Interagency Gang Task Force, and Drug and Mental Health Committees for both Osceola and Orange County.
Rodriguez received his bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and attained the designation of Certified Public Manager (CPM) from Florida State University in Tallahassee.



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