Gayle Conley spearheaded treatment program for violent offenders; colleagues applaud her longtime dedication


Recognized for her efforts: Gayle Conley (left) chats with her boss, Wayne Addison. Conley has been named Probation Officer of the Year by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She will be receiving her award at a luncheon on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Marriott Hotel. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — When former football star O.J. Simpson was accused of killing his ex-wife in 1994, the case brought domestic violence to the forefront, and law enforcement agencies across the country raced to implement prevention initiatives.

At the Hancock County Probation Department, Wayne Addison was proud to say his office already had such a program in place – and had, in fact, for years.

It’s thanks to Gayle Conley, said Addison, chief probation officer. Conley, 52, of Indianapolis, has been working for Addison for 25 years and approached him in the late 1980s about the need for a treatment program for violent offenders.

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