COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 06, 2017Full Time
The position of Deputy Chief Probation Officer (DCPO) is an at-will assistant department leader position which serves at the pleasure of the Chief Probation Officer, and is exempt from the civil service system. Tanja Heitman has been selected to fill the permanent position of Chief Probation Officer. Vacancies at the Deputy level are due to her promotion and the retirement of employees in two of the other positions. The Probation Department has an annual operating budget of almost $56 million and employs a staff of 330 people. In a County with a population of 447,000, Probation Officers supervise more than 5,000 adults and juveniles in the community, including about 100 in the juvenile hall and camp. Divisions within the Probation Department include: Adult Services, Juvenile Services, Institutions, and Administration & Support. The ideal candidate will be someone who creates synergy that will spark innovative ideas and solutions with staff. It is important for candidates to be comfortable expressing their point of view and engaging in a discussion, but implement decisions once they are made. Differing styles are valued, while follow-through is important, as is the ability to be part of a unified management team and having a passion for the work. Above all, DCPOs must have integrity. Ideal candidates will be data driven, transformative, flexible, politically aware, and able to successfully implement change.