BATAVIA, Ohio – No longer overflowing their offices on the main floor of the Clermont County Common Pleas Courthouse, the Adult Probation staff has a new space to call its own.
A project two years in the making, the lower level of the Common Pleas Courthouse in the Village of Batavia has been transformed. With this renovation, which added 8 offices, probation officers now each have their own office to meet with their clients. The quarters, whose many windows offer natural light, also include a waiting room, conference room, and kitchenette.
Previously, the 22 probation officers were frequently doubling and tripling up in their office space on the first floor of the Courthouse, said Adult Probation Director Julie Frey. Before that, they often worked out of satellite offices that offered little security. “Now we have extensive security, from the guards in the Courthouse as well as cameras,” she said. “And our clients often share very personal, and sometimes very traumatic, stories. Now they have some privacy with their probation officer.”
The $400,000 project, which was approved by Clermont County Commissioners in the fall of 2014, was done in two phases: Unoccupied space in part of the lower level was renovated and now houses records from the Common Pleas Court, Clerk of Courts, and Law Library. The second phase involved building the new offices for Adult Probation.
The Adult Probation staff oversees approximately 1,300 people on active probation during the year.
(Photo: Probation Officer Shauna Epeards in her new office.)