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Journal & Courier on 3/15/2021
After 43 years as a distinguished Tippecanoe probation officer, Joe Hooker will retire later this month.
Hooker, who began his career as a probation officer on Jan. 3, 1978, will retire March 31.
Among his accomplishments, Hooker worked with David Kuebler in 1988 to establish the Tippecanoe County Community Corrections Program and served three terms as the chairman of the advisory board.
Later named Corrections Manager of the Year in 1993 by the Indiana Correction Association, he served as the Chief Probation Officer in Tippecanoe County for 11 years; three terms as the District Six representative for the Probation Officer Advisory Board and two terms as the Chairman; three years on the Indiana State Legislative Study Committee on Probation; and has been a member of POPAI since 1987 and served on the POPAI board.
Hooker’s caseload consisted of high/moderate risk clients, including sex offenders.
In 2011, Joe received the Order of Augustus Award, and in 2015 he received the POPAI Founders Award.
Heavily involved as a volunteer and board member of the SURF Center, a local not-for-profit agency that provides twelve-step programs for alcohol and drug users, Hooker is also a musician and has performed in the free summer concert series with the Purdue Alumni Band.
In the March Board Meeting, Joe was unanimously approved for POPAI Life Membership. He will receive official notification on April 1.