NEW MEXICO DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS
Probation and Parole Officer (PPO), Conor Coleman, tells us that “a lot of officers have a
It’s clear that Coleman enjoys his job, which is to supervise probationers and parolees: between 80 and 110 offenders. He meets with offenders, makes sure that they are satisfying the conditions of their supervision, and provides them with resources to aid them with any issues they may have…anger issues, substance abuse, poor vocational skills.
There’s a general feeling that there’s not a lot in the long term with this department, which is devastating. The work is very important and is tremendously rewarding and many, many, many of the officers truly love what they do.”
He views his role as not only an enforcement officer, but also a social worker to help reintegrate the individuals under his supervision.
Conor strikes me as a caring, educated young man. He’s been with the department for four years.
Let’s try to keep him for the long-term. The proposed State Personnel Office’ Compensation Package request would address the issue of pay of PPO’s in our state.
CONTACT: LUCY RIVER, POLICY & LEGISLATIVE OUTREACH DIRECTOR: 505.259.4743