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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2001
NEWS FROM: Division of Parole and Probation 01-018

Parole and Probation Deputy Chief Appointed in Las Vegas

17-year P & P veteran takes top regional spot for Division

Native Nevadan Amy Wright, a 17-year veteran with Parole and Probation, was named today as Deputy Chief in the Las Vegas region. Warren Lutzow, Chief of Parole and Probation, said, "I am very pleased to announce Ms. Wright's appointment to the Deputy Chief position. Clark County represents over 60% of the workload and resources for Parole and Probation, so her insight and innovative management style will be a tremendous asset to the Division."

In her previous position as District Administrator, Wright was instrumental in developing a partnership with the US Marshal's Office in creating the Fugitive Investigative Strike Team, which locates and arrests high risk parole and probation violators and federal suspects. She was also involved in the development of the federal re entry pilot program which provides transitional and support services for inmates while incarcerated and upon release into the community. She also assisted in the implementation of the drug court inmate release program which provides drug treatment to inmates under the jurisdiction of the Washoe and Clark County drug courts and while released to community supervision.

Ms. Wright began her career with Parole and Probation in 1985 working as a P & P officer. She was promoted through the ranks and served as Field and Court Services Supervision Officer, Field Training Officer, Range Master, Operations Supervisor, Unit Manager and most recently, District Administrator for the Las Vegas office. Ms. Wright graduated from the University of Nevada in 1971 with a Bachelor's degree in Social Psychology.

The Division of Parole and Probation also announced today that victim restitution collection for FY 2000 was $1,976,319.80. As of April 2001, the Division has collected $2,561,923.33 in restitution, which is an increase of $585,603.53 with two months remaining in the fiscal year. Victim restitution payout for FY 2000 was $1,190,476.32. As of April 2001 the Division paid out to victims $1,731,698.22 in restitution, which is an increase of $541,221.90 with two months remaining in the fiscal year..

On May 18, 2001, thirteen P & P officers graduated from their Agency Specific Academy. Their duty stations will be in the Reno, Carson City, and Winnemucca offices. In addition, the number of applicants interested in becoming an officer for the Division exceeds the number of vacancies. On June 1, 2001, eight P & P officers will graduate from Clark County Community College Law Enforcement Category II Agency Specific Training. Their duty stations will be located in Las Vegas.

For further information on Parole and Probation, contact the Chief's office at 775-684-2605.

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