Oct. 27. 2011
Probation official placed on leave amid hiring probe
The acting chief probation officer at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton was placed on administrative leave yesterday amid questions of whether he would be indicted by a federal grand jury investigating the patronage hiring scandal in the state Probation Department. Christopher Hoffman, who rose quickly through the ranks in probation to become acting chief in less than a decade, was suspended indefinitely with pay, according to Probation Department spokeswoman Coria Holland, who would provide no other information about Hoffman’s leave.