On Monday, Northampton County Chief Adult Probation Officer Mark Mazziotta was telling Express Times Reporter Sarah Cassi all about the advantages of using GPS to keep track of convicted sex offenders. Today, this affable 28 year county worker is jobless.
Known to all at the courthouse for his compassion, easy manner and constant one-liners, Mark was escorted out of the government center late Wednesday afternoon. No retirement party. No cards. No good-byes. Just a shroud of secrecy. I honestly don't know whether this wall of silence is designed to protect Mark or the court officials who have been trying their best to have him fired for over a year.
The Adult Probation Office, which Mazziotta headed, supervises offenders on probation and parole. Its goal is to "produce law abiding and productive citizens within the community."
Efforts to reach Mark at home were unsuccessful.
Afternoon Update: Both The Express Times and Morning Call now have detailed accounts on Mazziotta's "involuntary retirement." Both accounts report that Mazziotta served "at the pleasure of the court" and talk about his "philosophy and management style." I'll have more on serving "at the pleasure of the court" on Monday. It's a fancy way of saying who you know matters more than what you know.