G. Joseph Pennucci, a 1984 graduate of Cook College, was appointed the Chief Probation Officer at Lynn District Court by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Probation Edward J. Dolan. Pennucci assumed his new role on February 8.
Pennucci, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Rutgers, is one of six newly appointed chief probation officers across the state. As a Chief Probation Officer at Lynn District Court, Pennucci will manage the operations of the district’s Probation Department and a staff of 24, including two assistant chief probation officers, 14 probation officers as well as support staff.
“I am proud and honored to serve as the new Chief Probation Officer at Lynn District Court. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff who assist court-involved individuals and maintain public safety in the community,” said Pennucci.
“Mr. Pennucci’s appointment places him in a critical management and leadership role within the Service. His selection is recognition of his talent, dedication, and passion for the dual mission of the Service which is to maintain the safety of our communities while guiding those individuals in our care and custody toward a better path in life,” said Commissioner Dolan.
Under Pennucci’s leadership, the Lynn District Probation Department works closely with the Lynn Police and neighboring police departments on the North Shore, including Beverly, Peabody, Revere and Salem. Probation officers are members of the Mental Health Roundtable, Domestic Violence Roundtable, and Project Cope, a community-based agency that focuses on the opiate epidemic. The department conducts a Changing Lives Through Literature Program for female probationers.
Prior to his appointment, Pennucci was Assistant Chief Probation Officer at the Lynn Court, a position he was promoted to in 2005. Pennucci began his career as a Probation Officer in Lynn in 1987.