"New Chief Probation Officer Named"
Assistant Chief Probation Officer Chris Hope has been selected to be the next Chief Probation Officer in San Joaquin County.
The appointment was made by Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Richard Vlavianos, who says Hope is exceptionally well qualified to lead the department: "His background and experience in the justice system is extremely strong. The Probation Department is going in the right direction emphasizing crime prevention, providing resources to at-risk individuals and their families, with a specific emphasis on juveniles. We know that Mr. Hope will continue that momentum because he is deeply committed to the department and its mission."
The Chief Probation Officer administers comprehensive programs of adult supervision and juvenile delinquency prevention and supervision, provides reports and recommendations to the courts, plans and directs the operations of Juvenile Hall, and formulates policy in consultation with the Juvenile Court Judge, the Juvenile Justice Commission, the County Board of Supervisors, and the County Administrator. The Probation Department has a staff of more than 300 full and part time employees.
Hope has been the Assistant Chief Probation Officer since April, 1999. He served as a senior deputy San Joaquin county administrator from 1986 to 1999, where he coordinated a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency overhaul of the local criminal justice system, including implementation of the 90-point Justice System Action Plan. Hope wrote the County's Juvenile Justice Local Action Plan, which focused attention on the importance of the juvenile justice system in reducing serious and violent juvenile crime. In addition to a career in government service, Hope has also held positions in private industry at a top 20 Fortune 500 firm. He earned a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance from Christopher Newport College of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
The recruitment process for the Chief Probation Officer included rigorous screening and interviews. The County, through a Board of Supervisors representative, played an integral part in the selection process.
On August 12, 2002, Hope will replace Nicholas J. Cademartori, who officially retired March 30, 2002 after 30 years of service to the Probation Department, with more than four years at its helm. Cademartori has been serving as the interim chief pending the appointment of his replacement.