Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis, along with the other circuit judges of the Third Judicial Circuit Court, has appointed Judy A. (Pieper) Dallas as the new Probation director effective March 14.
Callis also announced that Madison County is making history with the appointment of Dallas as the first female director of the Madison County Probation and Court Services Department.
Dallas is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement and the criminal justice community, having served almost 20 of those years in probation.
She began working in the Madison County Probation Department in 1988 and has worked her way up through the ranks.
She is a lifelong resident of Granite City and has served as detective secretary and chief's secretary with the Granite City Police Department and as senior administrative assistant, supervisor, deputy chief, and currently as a chief probation officer with Madison County.
She is a 1989 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, having obtained a bachelor's degree in sociology. During the 1980s Dallas served multiple terms as president and vice-president of AFSCME's Granite City white collar local.
In 2002, Dallas was the recipient of the prestigious Illinois Probation and Court Services Association's Pauline Gansauer Award presented to the individual who most exemplifies dedication to the profession and commitment to the improvement of probation services in Illinois.