The Washington County Board of Commissioners declared July 17-23 as national Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.

The board passed a resolution at its July 19 meeting in response to a presentation from director of community corrections Tom Adkins.

County probation and parole officers supervise people who have been charged or convicted of a crime. They work mainly in the field, Adkins, said, visiting their clients' homes to collect drug test or to conduct searches.

"They help offenders help take a look at the impact of their crimes," Adkins said.

Probation and parole officers also enforce the conditions of an inmate's release and determine if they pose a danger to their victims or the community.

"The courts look heavily to us in the safety issues," Adkins said.

The American Probation and Parole Association designates this week each year to recognize the work of probation and parole officers around the country.

County Commissioner Karla Bigham thanked Adkins and his department for their commitment.

"The pressures and demands on your probation officers are ever-changing and increasing," she said.

Purchase of human resources information system underway

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $174,059 contract with BerryDunn July 19 to assist in contract negotiations and project oversight for the purchase of a human resources information system.

Their current system was installed in 1988. They will select one of two vendors for the job in August.