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Officials Say Clarksburg U.S. Probation Office Understaffed


Federal officials say the U.S. Probation Office in Clarksburg needs more staff.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley noted the problem last week during plea hearings in two drug cases. Keeley said the office is seriously understaffed and overworked.

Chief Probation Officer Jeff Givens tells The Exponent Telegram that the office hires additional staff as the caseload increases. But he says drug-released caseloads have outpaced hiring.

Givens says the hiring process can take up to three months. Federal budget cuts also have been a factor.

Alex Neville is the chief deputy U.S. marshal for the Northern District. He says the Probation Office in Clarksburg serves the busiest court city in the district.

Givens will retire this week. He says his successor, Terry Huffman, will look at hiring additional staff.

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