Wendel Announces Appointment of Probation Director

Submitted by gallagha on Thu, 09/17/2020 - 08:57


Gilbert Taylor to Serve as Director for Chautauqua County Probation Department

Pictured above from left, Gilbert Taylor, new Chautauqua County Probation Director; and PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive.


MAYVILLE, N.Y.: – Chautauqua County Executive Paul M. Wendel, Jr. recently announced the appointment of Gilbert Taylor as the Probation Director of the Chautauqua County Probation Department effective September 19, 2020.

Taylor has served as the department’s Deputy Director of Probation since April 2019. He has been with the department for 12 years serving as a probation officer from 2008 to 2014, and probation supervisor from 2014 to 2019. Prior to working for the probation department, Taylor worked for nine years in the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services where he was promoted to a Supervisor of a Child Protection/Services Team before redirecting his career and becoming a probation officer.

“I am excited to announce Gib as our new probation director,” said Wendel. “I am proud to promote someone who has worked his way up in our organization as I believe his years of experience, dedication and hard work will continue to be assets to the department’s success and mission for our residents moving forward.”

Taylor earned his Associates in Social Sciences at Jamestown Community College in 1991 and his Bachelor’s Degree in 1993 at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is also a lifelong resident of Chautauqua County.

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to lead a Department that I hold in such high esteem,” said Taylor. “I appreciate the confidence that the County Executive is showing by giving me this opportunity. I have been blessed to work with some very talented and dedicated professionals throughout County Government and the Courts. Our goals and vision will not change but we may have to evolve in how we meet the demands of the job. I have learned many things over the last 10 years but even more over the last 6 months. There have been a multitude of changes in NYS law that directly impacts probation and our community. I will do my absolute best to ensure our Department understands our community’s expectations.”



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