ATLANTA - The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has selected Department of Community Supervision (DCS) Director of Court/Board/Field Services Michael “Mike” Kraft as the recipient of the 2016 APPA Member of the Year Award. APPA’s Member of the Year Award recognizes the work and energy of a worthy APPA member who has been a member of the association for at least one year and has provided significant contributions to the organization through the promotion of the mission and vision of APPA.

In announcing his selection, APPA mentions that “Michael Kraft’s dedication to advancing the mission of APPA is abundantly clear this year. In addition to providing leadership within Georgia’s newest state agency, the Department of Community Supervision, he served as the Local Host Chair for the APPA 2016 Winter Training Institute in Atlanta. Moreover, Michael has shown consistent dedication to strengthening involvement in APPA and promoting its values at the core level of his agency’s work.”

DCS Commissioner Michael Nail says that Kraft is deserving of this recognition and honor.

“Over the course of his career, Michael has served as a steadfast supporter of APPA’s mission and values. In his current role, Michael implements the association’s values in his daily work to better position offenders, families, and communities for successful outcomes. I am privileged to work alongside a professionally dedicated individual such as Michael and I congratulate him on this well deserved recognition,” said Nail.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the 2016 APPA Member of the Year. APPA has served as a valuable professional resource throughout my 26 year career in community supervision and I am sincerely grateful for the recognition of promoting the association’s mission and values within the Department of Community Supervision over the past year,” said Kraft.

Kraft will receive the Member of the Year Award in Cleveland, Ohio at the APPA Training Institute on Tuesday, August 30 at 12:30 PM.

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is an international association composed of members from the United States, Canada and other countries actively involved with pretrial, probation, parole and community-based corrections, in both criminal and juvenile justice arenas. All levels of government including federal, state/provincial, local and tribal agencies are counted among its constituents.

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