Minardi Named Nebraska State Probation Administrator

Minardi Named Nebraska State Probation Administrator

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Nebraska Supreme Court announces the appointment of Ms. Deborah (Deb) Minardi as Nebraska’s new State Probation Administrator. Minardi, the sixth administrator in sixty years, will direct the statewide delivery of all juvenile and adult probation services in Nebraska. The appointment is effective immediately.

Minardi has worked in Nebraska Probation for 39 years, most recently serving as Deputy Administrator responsible for statewide evidence-based programs and services. Her programs include: Alternatives to Incarceration/Adult Intensive Supervision Probation, Problem-Solving Courts, Reporting Centers, Sex Offender and Domestic Violence Management, Behavioral Health, and non-clinical services.

As a leader in the movement to transform Nebraska probation into the era of pro-active programming and evidence-based practices, she has been heavily involved in Juvenile and Adult Justice Reform and Problem-Solving Court expansion. She is an experienced trainer, facilitator, and public speaker. On the national stage, Ms. Minardi serves as Vice President of the American Probation and Parole Association.

Minardi was integral in developing the nationally-recognized, award-winning Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision program that serves as one of Nebraska Probation’s flagship prison alternative programs. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Public Excellence Award from the American Society for Public Administration, the President’s Award from American Probation and Parole Association, the Outstanding Team Award from the Nebraska Supreme Court, Member of the Year from American Probation and Parole Association, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska - Omaha School of Criminology.

Statutorily, the Office of Probation Administration functions to provide central management of probation services for the Court which, in turn, enhances public protection and rehabilitation for individuals under community supervision. Probation faithfully works to improve the safety of all Nebraskans while assisting  juveniles and adults under supervision in becoming productive citizens.