[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Supervisors Appoint New Head of Probation Dept. | 11-09-2016
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
72°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 17
1920 - Actress Maureen O'Hara born in Ireland; 1961 "Parent Trap" uses Disney Golden Oak Ranch [story]


TerriMcDonaldThe Board of Supervisors has appointed former Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald to head the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

McDonald – who has 35 years of experience in the mental health and corrections fields – will be the first woman to lead the nation’s largest probation department, which supervises 46,000 adults and 7,800 juveniles, employs 6,500 people and has a budget of $820 million.

McDonald will be joined by Sheila Mitchell, former Santa Clara Probation Chief appointed by the Board of Supervisors to oversee Juvenile Services as the county’s Chief Deputy Probation Officer.

“It gives me great pleasure to approve the appointments of two remarkable women,” said Board Chair Hilda L. Solis.  “Both Ms. McDonald and Ms. Mitchell have an extensive list of accomplishments and qualifications that make them more than capable of succeeding in their roles.

“We look forward to witnessing the good work that they will undoubtedly do for our County residents.”

The department has been through several recent leadership changes. It is in the midst of remaking its juvenile facilities to better support the rehabilitation of youthful offenders.

“It is an extreme honor and privilege to lead the public servants of the Probation Department, who are committed to finding innovative means to improve rehabilitative services and restore lives, while keeping our communities safe,” McDonald said.

McDonald headed the Custody Division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for three years. She stepped down last spring after helping negotiate a settlement with the Department of Justice that mandates improvements in the treatment of mentally ill inmates and other reforms.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said McDonald’s tenure as assistant sheriff “gave us the opportunity to appreciate her judgment and her skills, especially in her efforts to reduce jail violence, which produced impressive results in a relatively short time. The hiring of CPO McDonald and CDPO Mitchell will be of tremendous help as the Board continues to strengthen and improve our rehabilitative programs and strive for better and positive outcomes for juveniles and adults, while also continuing to protect public safety.”

McDonald joined the Sheriff’s Department to help remedy management failings cited by a citizens’ commission created by the Board of Supervisors. She was lauded by law enforcement officials and civil rights advocates for hands-on leadership that helped decrease inmate suicides, improve jail conditions and enhance training for deputies.

“Terri brings a deep commitment to public safety, a strong sense of empathy and compassion, and the unique ability to effectively manage a demanding department,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, citing her “extensive background as a leader in state corrections.”

Prior to her service with Los Angeles County, McDonald spent 24 years with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She began as a correctional officer and rose through the ranks to become second-in-command, overseeing adult prisons, parole operations, juvenile justice and rehabilitative programs.

Mitchell spent nine years as chief of the probation department in Santa Clara County, where she built a national reputation on reforms that decreased the number of incarcerated juveniles, reduced recidivism and increased community-based alternatives to locked facilities.

“Changing the culture of an organization is challenging, but I know Terri and Sheila are up to the task and will ensure that we continue providing the services and tools necessary to give people a chance to rebuild their lives,” said Supervisor Don Knabe.

“After working to turn around the serious issues in our County jails, Terri has the experience, strength and compassion to oversee the largest probation department in the country,” Knabe added.

Said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas: “Terri is a proven reformer who has already achieved notable improvements to our jail system. I am confident in her ability to carry out the changes we need in Probation, especially with Sheila as her second-in-command, a renowned expert in juvenile justice with a track record of system change in California. Terri and Sheila are already making history by becoming the first women to lead Probation. I hope they can steer the long-troubled department to a brighter future.”

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    Related Content
    LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
    Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017
    The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations released a statement Wednesday morning, condemning the violence and mourning a death in Charlottesville.
    Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017
    On a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-0, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining, to establish a “Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Safety” to explore innovative solutions to criminal justice challenges resulting from statewide reform
    Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017
    In recent weeks, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has seen a marked increase in West Nile virus (WNV) activity across its jurisdiction.
    Monday, Aug 14, 2017
    Purposeful Aging Los Angeles launched a landmark survey today to gather feedback from county and city of Los Angeles residents that will guide the development of an Age-Friendly Action Plan for 2018-2021 for the region.
    Friday, Aug 11, 2017
    Two labor groups have sued Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell seeking a court order to release communications between his department and the Trump administration about California’s sanctuary bill.
    Keep Up With Our Facebook
    -->
    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    San Francisquito Road was reduced to one lane for a couple of hours Wednesday night when a car traveling northbound, at a high-rate of speed, collided with a vehicle traveling the opposite direction, according to a police report released by the California Highway Patrol.
    San Francisquito Road Collision Leads to Major Injuries, Road Closures
    1920 - Actress Maureen O'Hara born in Ireland; 1961 "Parent Trap" uses Disney Golden Oak Ranch [story]
    Farmers and environmentalists are lining up to battle the $16.7 billion California WaterFix tunnels project proposed for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
    Farmers, Environmentalists Join to Fight California ‘WaterFix’ Project
    There's a new Grizzly at Golden Valley High School as Matt Sorensen has been named the school's new head baseball coach.
    Matt Sorenson New Head Baseball Coach at Golden Valley
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to conduct burglary suppression operations in our valley. Plus, Representative Steve Knight sat down with local law enforcement to discuss the current state and future role of policing in the SCV. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    The Saugus Union School Board is establishing a committee to advise on the development of policies and procedures for the sale or lease of surplus real property owned by the District.
    Saugus Board Creates Surplus Property Advisory Committee
    The SCV Sanitation Board has provided an update in its efforts to comply with the state-mandated chloride limit, including finalizing the Recirculated EIR released for public comment in May.
    SCV Sanitation Board Finalizing EIR Due August 18
    "Music, Volume 1," the latest album by platinum recording artist and CalArts' School of Music namesake Herb Alpert, recently reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
    Herb Alpert’s Latest Album Tops Billboard Jazz Chart
    The Castaic Union School District's Governing Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, August 17 at 5 p.m.
    August 17: Castaic Schools Governing Board Special Meeting
    MannKind Corp. is moving its corporate headquarters to Westlake Village, after nearly 17 years in Valencia, according to the latest quarterly report it filed with the SEC.
    MannKind Corp. Moving from Valencia to Westlake Village
    CalArts grads Mark Bradford and Sharon Lockhart headline the Un-Private Collection artist talk at the Orpheum Wednesday night, presented by the Broad museum of contemporary art.
    August 16: CalArtians Mark Bradford, Sharon Lockhart at Broad in L.A.
    Santa Clarita Valley International School has hired veteran coach Ken Erenberg as athletic director, the school announced today.
    Ken Erenberg Named SCVi Athletic Director
    The Los Angeles Dodgers took the first of the two-game Interleague series with a 6-1 victory over the White Sox at Dodger Stadium Tuesday night.
    Dodgers Soil White Sox 6-1 Tuesday
    40 oz. to Freedom arrives in Santa Clarita as part of its anniversary tour at Concerts in the Park at Central Park on Saturday, August 19, with showtime at 7 p.m.
    August 19: 40 Oz. to Freedom Rocks Central Park
    Senator Scott Wilk, R- Antelope Valley, today submitted a letter to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation during a public comment period regarding proposed regulations that could lead to the early release of dangerous "nonviolent" inmates and diminish victim rights.
    Wilk Urges Public Safety When Releasing ‘Non-Violent’ Felons
    The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations released a statement Wednesday morning, condemning the violence and mourning a death in Charlottesville.
    County Commission Mourns Death of Charlottesville Protester
    Garrett Hampson, the Cal League’s reigning Player of the Week, slugged a two-run home run to lead the Lancaster JetHawks to a 5-3 win over the San Jose Giants on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium.
    Hampson Stays Hot, Lifts ‘Hawks Over Giants
    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested three suspects and seized drugs and weapons in a recent burglary suppression operation.
    SCV Deputies Arrest 3, Seize Drugs, Weapons
    1947 - Newhall Hardware opens on Spruce Street, now called Main Street [story]
    Representative Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, sat down with Santa Clarita law enforcement officials to discuss the current state and future role of policing in the SCV.
    Knight, Law Enforcement Officials Hold Roundtable Discussion
    From the Facebook page of Shirley Miller, public information officer, social media manager at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station: LASD Carjacker Captured (with some help).
    Community Member Tackles Suspected Carjacker
    A funeral service for William Clinton Cloyd Sr., a renowned architect and home builder in the Santa Clarita Valley, is being held Wednesday, August 16 in Eternal Valley’s Upper Chapel.
    Funeral Services Wednesday for SCV Homebuilder, Architect William Cloyd Sr.
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, deputies are looking for a hit-and-run suspect. Plus, county supervisors have approved a motion to a establish a Blue Ribbon Commission on public safety.. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    To kick-start its celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the revival of TMU Theatre Arts, the school is bringing back a favorite.
    TMU Celebrates 10th Anniversary Revival of Theater Arts
    College of the Canyons is hosting 2017 Professional Development Week — a week of seminars, lectures, and workshops concerning student development and teaching.
    COC Professional Development Week Underway
    In the fall, College of the Canyons will offer several Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) at the Canyon Country campus, including Business Administration, Psychology, and Sociology.
    COC Will Now Offer “Degrees With a Guarantee”
    On a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-0, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining, to establish a “Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Safety” to explore innovative solutions to criminal justice challenges resulting from statewide reform
    Supes Approve Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Safety
    If left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to some really bad outcomes, including kidney problems, glaucoma and other eye disorders, foot ulcers, amputation of feet or legs, stroke, diabetic coma, and even death.
    Medicare and Your Diabetes | Commentary by Greg Dill
    In recent weeks, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has seen a marked increase in West Nile virus (WNV) activity across its jurisdiction.
    County Seeing Increase in West Nile Virus Activity
    Arroyo Seco Junior High School will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Friday, September 1, with a midday ceremony and festivities.
    Sept. 1: Arroyo Seco Junior High Celebrates 50th Anniversary
    A veteran investigator of sex crimes in Santa Clarita discussed concerns created by coverage and social media, as part an ongoing KHTS News series.
    Social Media Poses New Concerns for Sex Crimes Investigations
    On Friday, August 18th, 2017, the California Highway Patrol Newhall Area Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
    DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Friday
    Communication With All Life University and founder Joan Ranquet to present upcoming workshops in learning animal communication, energy healing techniques for animals, and death & the art of dying.
    Oct. 6-15: Animal Communication Workshops
    Join the VIA Education Foundation and the Valley Industry Association in mentoring today's high school students to prepare them for their future.
    VIA School Program Looking for Facilitators to Mentor Students
    The city of Santa Clarita will host the 23rd Annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Sept. 22-23: Registration Deadline, Annual River Rally Cleanup