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State of the Agency Lecture Series

12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Nebraska Union Room: Swanson Auditorium
1400 R St
Lincoln NE 68508
Additional Info: NU
Target Audiences:
Dr. Chris Eskridge, (402) 472-3677,
Please join us for our final lecture in our Fall 2023 State of the Agency Lecture Series. We will be joined by guest speaker Gene Cotter, Deputy Administrator of the Nebraska Office of Courts and Probation.

Gene Cotter was appointed Deputy Administrator for the Nebraska Office of Probation Administration effective September 1, 2016. He previously served as the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Programs and Services. He began his Probation career in August 1990. During his 26-year career with Probation, Gene has held a variety of supervisory and adult and juvenile officer positions in multiple districts statewide, including Chief Probation Officer of District #3A in Lincoln, Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision, Intensive Supervision Probation and Investigations.

Gene has been instrumental in the implementation of the statewide rollout of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Gene is currently serving on several committees and working groups including the Justice Behavioral Health Committee, the Programs and Field Services Committee and the Executive Policy Committee. He was certified as a Probation trainer in 1992, and has continued training a variety of courses since that time.

Gene has been a member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) for many years and graduated from the APPA Leadership Institute in August of 2014, where he also received the Norm Leslie Helber Scholarship, recognizing him as the Outstanding Graduate of the 2014 Leadership Institute. Gene is one of APPA’s elected Regional Representatives and served as the National Program Chair for APPA’s 2016 Winter Training Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. In April of 2013, Gene was awarded the Probation Management Above and Beyond exemplary leadership award.

Gene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Nebraska/Lincoln.

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