By the Division of Adult Parole Operations
Two parole agents were given high honors by the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) for their support of the Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery program (STAR).
Parole Agents Adam Gorey and Robert Shulz were each named “Parole Agent of the Year” for referring so many to the STAR program.
“The STAR program is a curriculum-based educational program designed to motivate parolee substance abusers to participate in post-release recovery activities. New skills are presented which help individuals understand the relapse process and prepare for smooth, drug free community transition,” the CCCOE website states.
The agents’ referrals also noted the “highest student retention and highest student attendance in the state,” according to the CCCOE.
Gorey is a 20-year-veteran with the Department who began his career in 1996 as a Correctional Officer after serving in the U.S. Army for 13 years. Gorey has promoted through ranks such as a Correctional Sergeant and Correctional Counselor I. He then became a Parole Agent I.
Schulz is a 17-year-veteran with the Department, who began his career in 1999 as a Correctional Officer at California State Prison, Los Angeles County. He then became a Parole Agent I in June 2008. Schulz is a Range Master and most recently was accepted to the PAST Academy. He is currently a reserve officer for California City Police Department and the Acting PAII at the Antelope Valley Unit I.
“Both Gorey and Schulz have done an exceptional job in promoting the STAR Program, as evident in this recognition. It is a task agents have been doing for years but are rarely recognized for their efforts. Contra Costa has managed to capture the efforts and determine Gorey and Schulz are deserving of the honor of Parole Agent of the Year,” according to Division of Adult Parole Operations officials.