Franklin County’s Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Kathleen “Kati” McGrath, is Pennsylvania’s 2019 Chief Probation Officer of the Year. The Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission presented McGrath with the honor during the 2019 Juvenile Justice Annual Conference.
McGrath has served as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer since 2013, after six years as Deputy Chief. She also chairs the Victim Service Committee of the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers. She is the facilitator for Pennsylvania’s South Central West region planning committee.
Locally, McGrath chairs the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Franklin County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Children’s Round Table. She also helped establish a graduated response committee, case plan committee, and quality assurance team to carry out Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy initiatives.
Throughout her career, there have been numerous changes within the delinquency system. McGrath has been instrumental in implementing new ideas and programs to assist in the treatment, rehabilitation, and engagement of juveniles. These include school-based probation and the summer work program. Most recently, she worked with Franklin County schools to establish Youth Courts, which she hopes will expand to all of the county’s secondary schools.
Within the community, McGrath fosters dogs awaiting placement in the Franklin County Veterans Affairs’ Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet program.