The Mission Statement of the Wayne County Common Pleas Court Adult Probation Department is to provide the highest quality service to the Court, community, and offenders, ultimately enhancing public safety. This is accomplished through effective community based supervision, enforcement of Court orders and affording offenders an opportunity to initiate positive changes.
Our Philosophy about Community Control
Evidenced-Based Practices: All officers provide supervision to their offenders based on evidenced-based practices. We believe in addressing the core issues/needs that most of our offender’s experience, which involves evaluation and many levels of service. We refer to local agencies to address issues related to substance abuse, mental health and psychiatric care, 12 step and other support-based groups, vocational support, GED classes and other individualized services.
All officers are training in the theory and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and integrate this knowledge base into all interactions with offenders. Specifically, all officers utilize Motivational Interviewing techniques to encourage offenders to explore and access internal and external factors that impact their thinking and subsequent actions.
Probation Department Staff
The Wayne County Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation Department is staffed by six full-time probation officers under the direction of the Common Pleas Judges and the Chief Probation Officer. Our officers continue to work each and every day on the front lines with probationers to hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed and also to provide the offenders with the tools needed to initiate positive life changes. The challenges faced by this department are tremendous, yet the efforts of our staff and our ongoing commitment to excellence continue to make a positive impact on the community. All of our officers have embraced evidenced-based practices in their supervision style and they do so in an effort to ensure the highest level of public safety.
Cheryl Gerwig, Chief Probation Officer
Chief Gerwig is responsible for the daily operations of the Adult Probation Department, including office administration, departmental budgets and supervision of Probation Staff. She also supervises a community control caseload. In addition to her daily duties, Gerwig serves as a co-chairperson of the Wayne County Community Corrections Board. She is also a member of the Stark Regional Community Corrections Center’s Facility Governing Board, and the Sex Offender Program Certification Board for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. In addition she is an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) and the Ohio Chief Probation Officer’s Association where she served as the training chairperson for 2.5 years.
Chief Gerwig graduated in 1991 from the University of Akron with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology / Law Corrections. Upon graduation, she was a juvenile probation officer for Medina County Common Pleas Court, Juvenile Division. In 1995, she moved to the Wayne County Common Pleas Court where she became the Senior Training Officer for the Intensive Supervision Program. She has a total of 17 years of experience in community corrections.
Cindy Hall, Senior Intensive Supervision Probation Officer, Mental Health Court Coordinator
Officer Hall’s daily duties include supervision of an Intensive Supervision Program caseload, coordination of the Wayne County Common Pleas Mental Health Court and additional supervisory duties as the department’s Senior Officer.
Officer Hall earned her Bachelors degree in Sociology (B.A.) from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Masters in Human Services/Counseling (M.S.) from the State University of New York at Oswego. Officer Hall is independently licensed by the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). Additionally she is fluent in Spanish.
Prior to her employment with the Adult Probation Department, Officer Hall was employed as an Emergency Services Therapist and a Children’s Case Manager for the Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties. She was also the Mental Health Coordinator and Human Resources Officer for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
Brandi Couch, Presentence Investigator, Probation Officer
Officer Couch’s daily duties include preparation of pre-sentence investigations to include investigation of victim impact, determination of restitution, mandatory sentencing requirements and review of criminal history. Officer Couch supervises a Basic Community Control caseload and conducts all investigations for state inmates requesting Judicial Release, ultimately providing the Court with a recommendation. Additionally Officer Couch coordinates all Interstate Compact Cases and monitors out of state offenders in accordance with federal regulations. She is also a certified Moral Reconation Therapy Instructor and co-facilitates on a regular basis.
Officer Couch earned an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Akron and is graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University in December, 2010. She has worked for the Wayne County Adult Probation Department since 2003. Prior to working for the Wayne County Adult Probation Department Officer Couch worked for the Wayne County Clerk’s Office for 2 years.
Matthew Zaleski, Intensive Supervision Probation Officer, Electronic Monitoring Coordinator
Officer Zaleski supervises a caseload of Intensive Supervision probationers, oversees the Electronic Monitoring Program to include monitoring offender movements and compliance, and also completes all expungement investigations for the Court.
Officer Zaleski graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He graduated from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office Bailiff Academy and maintains certification in Narcotics Identification, First Aid/CPR, and is a certified Moral Reconation Therapy instructor.
Prior to working for the Adult Probation Department Officer Zaleski worked as a Medina County Juvenile Probation Officer and Juvenile Corrections Officer and was a Loss Prevention Agent/Manager in the private sector.
Dominic Palmucci, Probation Officer
Officer Palmucci supervises the Treatment in Lieu of Conviction offenders and co-coordinates the Wayne County Drug Court Program. In addition, Officer Palmucci supervises a Basic Community Control caseload of offenders.
Officer Palmucci graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, in 2008.
Jarrod Brown, Community Service Coordinator, Probation Officer
Jarrod Brown is the Community Service Coordinator of the Wayne County Common Pleas Court Adult Probation Department. His primary duties are interviewing individuals that have community service to perform and placing them at a non-profit organization that will utilize their specific skill set. Jarrod has been with the Wayne County Adult Probation Department for 1 year. Previously, he was employed by the Ashland County Juvenile Court.
Trina Wudarzewski, Legal Secretary
Mrs. Wudarzewski coordinates all essential office management functions for the Adult Probation Department, to include processing of all legal documents, directs all incoming phone calls and is responsible for the collection and aggregation of all statistical data. Mrs. Wudarzewski also coordinates the records retention policy for the Probation Department.
Courtney Shank, Case Manager - Day Reporting Program; Probation Officer
Case Managers assist the offender in evaluating and addressing concrete service needs that may be contributing to ongoing legal, emotional and financial difficulties. Examples of case management areas may include linkage with housing and utility assistance, addressing outstanding credit obligations, mediating child support enforcement issues and other general budgeting and life concerns. The hope is to have plans to address and resolve all areas of concrete need prior to program discharge.
Courtney Shank earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ashland University. Prior to her employment with Wayne County Common Pleas Court, she worked as a case manager for victims of domestic violence and homelessness through Every Woman’s House.