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Losell eyes district magistrate seat

Stacey (Shope) Losell has announced her intention of running for judge of District Magistrate 29-3-04, which is currently held by William C. Solomon.

In 1999, Losell joined the Lycoming County Juvenile Probation Office under a grant position to address out of school youth. She developed and implemented an independent living and job skills curriculum that assisted youth in obtaining their GED’s and securing employment. A portion of this program outline was submitted to secure a state grant that assisted youth with costs associated with GED testing, state identification cards, bus passes etc. Losell held other school and community-based probation positions before becoming the assigned officer for Lycoming County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court for over 12 years. During that time, she worked actively with the Highway Safety Commission which included being an annual speaker at the regional Students Against Destructive Decisions conference. She also volunteered for numerous years as a support counselor at Lycoming County Police Camp Cadet.

Upon earning her bachelor’s degree in 1993, Losell started her professional career at Bethesda Day Treatment Center as a part-time van driver and caseworker. She was promoted several times over the years and upon leaving, she was a regional manager supervising two facilities, each including the following five programs: specialized foster care, alternative education, day treatment, Family Systems counseling and outpatient drug and alcohol counseling. Losell was one of 20 individuals selected from across the state to attend the Juvenile Court Judges Commission graduate degree program which allowed her to earn a master’s degree in administration of justice in 2003.

For 19 years Losell coordinated a county wide Community Cleanup that combined up to 150 troubled youth from various community-based treatment programs. The focus was to clean over two dozen parks and playgrounds in order to provide safe and clean facilities for the community. Participants were then rewarded with a cookout through secured donations from various local businesses.

Losell also volunteered with her juvenile clients for over a decade with the Williamsport Recreation Commission, specifically in preparation and facilitation of their Easter and Halloween festivities and setting up fencing for the Little League Grand Slam Parade.

Since leaving the Lycoming County Juvenile Probation Office in 2017, she continues to work in the area of drug and alcohol services at Williamsport Family Medical Center in their medical assisted treatment program.

Losell has also devoted herself on a personal level as a foster parent for 11 years to over 150 youth, most of whom were involved in the juvenile justice system.

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