Thursday, July 21, 2016

Potter County: Retired Chief Probation Officer John Moshier Honored

One of the longest-serving county probation officers in Pennsylvania was the guest of honor during a retirement luncheon hosted by Potter County President Judge Stephen Minor and Senior Judge John Leete. John Moshier’s retirement took effect in February. He was succeeded at the helm by Brian Abel. A 1971 graduate of Coudersport Area High School, Moshier joined the department in October 1975 and observed his 40th anniversary of service last October. Many of his colleagues offered tributes and shared memories at Tuesday’s luncheon. Judge Minor pointed out that Moshier was instrumental in his transition from private law practice to the bench in 2010. Walter P. Wells was president judge when Moshier first arrived. He served for many years with Gary Buchanan and was assigned the chief’s position when Buchanan resigned. Moshier’s service also spanned the service tenures of Judges Perry Patterson, Harold B. Fink, and John B. Leete. A highlight of Tuesday’s luncheon was the presentation of a wall plaque that featured significant mementoes, including the handcuffs that Moshier was issued when he first joined the department in 1975.