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The office is organized into three divisions:

With two specialized offices:

All programming is planned in accordance with the Nebraska Judicial Branch Strategic Agenda.

AOC Vision, Mission, and Core Values


Be a trusted, collaborative, and respected catalyst for and provider of professional court administrative services.

Adopted March 5, 2015


Under the direction of the Nebraska Supreme Court, the Administrative Office of the Courts’ mission is to ensure the public has equal access to justice using leadership, education, technology, and administrative services to implement consistent, efficient, and effective court practices.

Adopted January 15, 2015

Core Values

To accomplish our mission and pursue our vision, the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts is guided by these core values:

  • Integrity and Professionalism: As staff of the Administrative Office of the Courts, we hold ourselves to high ethical principles of integrity and professionalism. The principles of integrity and professionalism include fairness and impartiality; respect for the judiciary, colleagues and the public; responsiveness to the needs of a diverse population; and commitment to high quality service and faithful discharge of official duties.
  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement: The need for continuous improvement and innovation drives the Administrative Office of the Courts’ efforts to provide resources and services to the courts and court users.  As the public’s expectations for access to justice grow and change, we value innovation in advancing court practices, administrative services, and technology.
  • Accountability: It is incumbent upon the Administrative Office of the Courts to be vigilant in our efforts to uphold and practice high standards of accountability. Accountability entails taking responsibility for complying with legal, policy and ethical rules in the performance of the functions of the Office. The core value of accountability includes good stewardship of public funds and property, effective and efficient use of resources, and open dissemination of disclosable information.
  • Excellence:  The Administrative Office of the Courts is committed to excellence in leadership, administration, and management. Consistent court practices are valued to ensure excellence for all court users. A high value is placed on rigorous and active continuing education, effective personnel recruitment, and development and retention of highly competent and diverse court staff.

Adopted April 2, 2015


Corey Steel
Corey R. Steel was appointed State Court Administrator on May 2, 2014, to oversee the administrative operations of the statewide court system.  The State Court Administrator plans for statewide Judicial Branch needs, develops and promotes statewide administrative practices and procedures, oversees the operation of trial court programs and strategic initiatives, and serves as a liaison with other branches of government.

Corey began his Probation career as a drug technician in May 1998 in then Probation District #15 (now District #3A) in Lincoln.  He became an Intensive Supervision Probation Officer in Region F based in Fremont in September 1998.  He then transferred to Probation District #20 (now District #3J) in Lincoln until May 2000.  Corey resigned to take a position with Lancaster County as a Juvenile Justice Coordinator where he worked until October 2007.  While there he had oversight of all juvenile graduated sanctions programs, county juvenile grant funding, and county funded juvenile services.  In October 2007, Corey came back to Probation to fill the newly-created Juvenile Justice Program Specialist position in the Office of Probation Administration.  In this position he worked diligently for the betterment of statewide juvenile services.

In April 2011, Corey was appointed Acting Chief Probation Officer for Probation District #4J in Omaha until the new Chief Probation Officer was appointed in October 2011.  In December 2011, he was appointed Acting  Chief for Probation District #1 in Beatrice while current Chief Sarah Rinne was out on leave until February 2012.  In July 2012, Corey was appointed to the newly-created position of Assistant Deputy Administrator for Juvenile Services in the Office of Probation Administration and in July 2013 was appointed Deputy Probation Administrator for Juvenile Services.

Room 1211, State Capitol
1445 K Street
P.O. Box 98910
Lincoln, NE  68509-8910
Phone: (402) 471-3730
Fax: (402) 471-2197



The Administrative Office of Probation is organized into the following divisions:

Administration & Operations
Community-Based Programs and Field Services
Juvenile Probation

The Legislature created the Office of Probation Administration and outlined administrative functions to provide central management of Probation services which, in turn, enhance public protection and offender rehabilitation.

Under the structure of the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts & Probation, Probation has faithfully worked to not only improve the safety of all Nebraskans, but moreover, to assist all juveniles and adults under our supervision to become productive citizens.

Probation officers make lasting changes in local communities by assisting both juveniles and adults to become productive members of society. Nebraska Probation utilizes individualized approaches focused on evidence-based principles and practices, and employs a dedicated and skilled professional staff to meet this goal. Providing this purposeful intervention, Nebraska Probation strives to continue to impact community safety for the better.

Deb Minardi

Deborah A. Minardi was named State Probation Administrator on January 7, 2019, to direct the statewide delivery of Probation services in Nebraska.

Ms. Minardi previously served as Deputy Probation Administrator in charge of Community-Based Programs and Field services in January of 2006. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Probation Administrator Ms. Minardi served as a probation officer, Chief Deputy Probation Officer, and Chief Probation Officer.  She has also conducted numerous training programs both nationally and statewide covering a wide range of topics including Evidence-Based Practice in Criminal Justice.

Ms. Minardi has been a member of the American Associate of Probation and Parole (APPA) for over 30 years and has served in various capacities. She is also a member of National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) and the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC). Ms. Minardi received the 2010 APPA President’s Award for Probation’s Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision Program, the 2014 award for the APPA Member of the Year, the 2015 University of Nebraska School Of Criminology Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2020 National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) George M Keiser award for Exceptional Leadership. 


Deb Minardi
Probation Administrator
1445 K Street, State Capitol Room #1211
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 471-2141
Fax: 402-471-2197