Job Opportunity

Chief Probation Officer
Sonoma County

Date Posted:

August 19, 2022


$172,208 – $209,338/Annually


The Chief Probation Officer is responsible for all County adult and juvenile probation services, operations, and facilities including a state-of-the-art Juvenile Hall. The position is appointed by and reports to the Sonoma County Superior Court; but is a County of Sonoma employee. Additionally, this position functions as a County Department Head and works collaboratively with County departments, the Board of Supervisors, and County executive leadership. As such, the Chief meets regularly with the Presiding Judge, the Supervising Criminal Court Judge, and the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court to review policy, operations, and services to the Court and also works with the Board and the County on policy and operational issues (e.g. budget and fiscal matters, human resources, facilities, etc.) keeping them informed on community safety and offender services.


The ideal Chief Probation Officer candidate is an experienced leader with significant success in juvenile and adult preventative and rehabilitation programs and community safety. They will be collaborative, enthusiastic, results-oriented, and a contemporary, forward-thinking individual who views Probation through a global perspective, with a vision for excellence and integrity. The ideal candidate will be fluent in the “evidenced-based practice” model. Awareness of the culture and diversity of Sonoma County is vital as the Chief Probation Officer will be essential in advancing the County’s mission of ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in the provisioning of the Department’s services and its day-to-day operations. An individual who is knowledgeable of organizational and management principles, including fiscal and personnel management, and a true team leader who can listen empathetically and make decisions, is a proponent of staff development, and possesses the ability to connect with staff, is highly desired.

How to Apply:

To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, please send a cover letter, resume that clearly demonstrates your qualifications, background, and education as they relate to this position’s requirements, your responses to the supplemental questionnaire (link below), and a minimum of five professional references (who will not be contacted until mutual interest is established) by Thursday, September 8, 2022. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located at: Submit your materials (email with attachments preferred) to: Deena Thompson-Stalder, Supervising HR Analyst, at Please reference “Chief Probation Officer” in the subject line of your email. OR County of Sonoma Human Resources Department Attn: Deena Thompson-Stalder 575 Administration Drive, Suite 116B Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Telephone 707-565-2821 | Facsimile 707-565-3770

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