Monday, September 12, 2022 - 01:07 pm

The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (ND DOCR) has named Tom Erhardt as the new director for North Dakota Parole and Probation.

“I am honored, humbled, and excited to be selected by Director Krabbenhoft as the Director of Parole and Probation,” said Erhardt. “I am looking forward to doing everything I can to support Parole and Probation team members help clients make changes, reduce barriers to change, and hold them accountable to the conditions set for them by the courts and Parole Board.”

A 1990 graduate of New Salem High School, Erhardt earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice studies at UND. He started his career in law enforcement as a military police officer with the North Dakota National Guard and is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Erhardt’s career with the DOCR began in 1996 where he worked at the Youth Correctional Center as a resident counselor and case manager. He was hired with the Parole and Probation division in 2001; promoted to PO III as a Reentry Specialist; and in 2006 promoted to Program Manager. In 2007, following the reorganization of the DOCR, Tom was assigned coordination of the Transition of Prison to Community Initiative full time as the Deputy Director of Transitional Planning Services. He also helped co-coordinate the redesign of DOCR programming to align with evidence-based practices. In 2016, Erhardt was assigned supervision of Parole & Probation Region 4 covering the Mandan, Dickinson, and Beulah District Offices.

Patrick Bohn preceded Erhardt and has announced his retirement after 27 years with the State of North Dakota.

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