County Executive Announces Retirement of Probation Director

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From left, Thomas Narraway, Chautauqua County Probation Director; and PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive.
From left, Thomas Narraway, Chautauqua County Probation Director; and PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive.

Thomas Narraway to Retire as Probation Director after 30 Years of Service to Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel announced today the retirement of Chautauqua County Probation Director Thomas Narraway effective September 19, 2020.

Narraway was appointed as probation director in October 2015, but his career with the department began in April of 2001 when he was first employed as a probation officer trainee. Over the years, he earned his way up in the department serving as senior probation officer, probation supervisor, and interim probation director. Prior to working in the Probation Department, he worked for 11 years as a correction officer with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

As director, Narraway has upheld the department’s commitment of holding court referred offenders accountable for their actions, working with probationers to facilitate positive change in their behavior, creating a safer community, and advocating for victims’ rights.

“Throughout the course of his career, Tom has worked closely with schools, police departments, courts, community agencies, and other county departments to monitor the compliance of probationers and connect them with the services and programs they need to become and stay law-abiding citizens,” said Wendel. “I thank Tom for his strong leadership and exemplary service to Chautauqua County and I wish him all the best in retirement.”

Narraway has also been instrumental in implementing New York State’s Raise the Age law in the County in 2018 and 2019. This law raised the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old so individuals ages 16 and 17 who commit non-violent crimes can receive the intervention and treatment they need.

“I have been blessed to work with some outstanding people at the County Jail and in Probation as well as three great County Executives that trusted in my vision for the department,” said Narraway. “Not many people outside of probation truly understand the work that the probation officers do and the resulting benefit to community safety.”

Wendel said he has begun the process of finding a new probation director and hopes to name a new director in the coming weeks.