SUNBURY - Jimmy Cortelyou, of Herndon, was appointed Monday by President Judge William H. Wiest to serve as chief probation officer in Northumberland County.

Cortelyou served the past six years as a probation officer in Dauphin County, but he is no stranger to the Northumberland County court system. During his previous four-year stint in the Northumberland County probation office, he was a special deputy to the U.S. Marshal's office and a narcotics detention K-9 handler.

In Dauphin County, Cortelyou supervised sex offenders, defendants in mental health and drug cases and defendants serving house arrest.

Wiest said Cortelyou also has trained other probation officers during his career in Dauphin County.

Cortelyou was selected from among six applicants, Wiest reported.

He succeeds Michael Barvitskie, who recently accepted a position with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in Williamsport.

William Rossnock, who was chief juvenile probation officer for many years, was serving as interim chief probation officer prior to Cortelyou's appointment.

Cortelyou is a graduate of Line Mountain High School and Lycoming College.

Wiest said, "I'm excited to have him aboard and I believe he will work well with the existing staff."