Cumberland County Chief JPO Retires

On September 3, 2019, Samuel E. Miller, Jr. retired as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer of Cumberland County. Sam began his career with Blair County Juvenile Probation in November of 1976 where he worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer. In July of 1978, he resigned to join the United States Army where he served for 3 years until August of 1981. In August of 1981, Sam was hired by the Camp Hill Borough Police Department and served as a patrolman until being hired with the Cumberland County Juvenile Probation Office in December of 1983. He was promoted to a Probation Officer II in June of 1998 and to Probation Officer Supervisor in July of 2001. Sam was appointed to Cumberland County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in August of 2004 by President Judge George E. Hoffer.

Serving as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in Cumberland County Sam was involved in leadership at both the state and local levels. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES) and converting Cumberland County into an evidence-based department. Sam has been a leader in Pennsylvania in Juvenile Justice for the last 15 years and has served as a member, committee chair, and President (2012-2013) of the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers. Additionally, Sam was an integral member of the JJSES Leadership Team. Sam’s vision for an evidence-based department in Cumberland County has been accomplished. Sam’s achievements over the last 15 years are too many to mention as he was a change agent for both statewide juvenile justice and the Cumberland County Juvenile Probation Department. In 2014 Samuel E. Miller, Jr. was recognized as the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer of the year.

In 2010 Sam helped to establish the Hoffer Scholarship to benefit youth of Cumberland County that have been involved with the department to assist with college tuition over their 4 year college career. Sam has given over 36 years of his life to the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System and his presence both in Cumberland County and statewide will be missed.

Congratulations Sam !

Mr. Andrew S. Benner has been appointed as the new Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in Cumberland County.