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1769 - Portolá expedition crosses Newhall Pass at Elsmere Canyon, camps at Chaguayanga village (Rye Canyon/Castaic Junction). [story]
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Dr. Adolfo GonzalesDr. Adolfo Gonzales began his tenure Monday as Chief Probation Officer of the Los Angeles County Probation Department after being appointed to the position by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 5. Gonzales brings 43 years of distinguished experience in law enforcement, institutional rehabilitation, investigations, and community engagement.

“I’m really looking forward to serving as the Chief Probation Officer for Los Angeles County. This Probation Department has an extensive history,” said Gonzales. “It’s a Department that isn’t only known for being the largest Department of its kind in the nation but is also recognized for its dedicated employees. I look forward to working alongside them to support our clients and continue to help transform lives every day,”.

Gonzales replaces Interim Chief Ray Leyva, who led the Department for the past year.

“I extend my best wishes to Chief Gonzales and believe that he will recognize the Department’s many great achievements as a result of staff loyalty, dedication and hard work throughout the years,” said Leyva.

Chief Leyva’s leadership navigated the Department through several efforts, including the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Gonzales recently served as the Chief Probation Officer for the County of San Diego from March 2016 to January 2021, where he was a part of the Department’s transformation of the detention facilities to Urban Camps, a model of youth-centered, therapeutic and rehabilitative environment. Prior to being San Diego County’s Chief Probation Officer, Chief Gonzales was Chief Investigator for the County of San Diego’s District Attorney’s Office; Chief of the National City Police Department; Assistant Chief of the San Diego Police Department; and an Executive Fellow for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Chief Gonzales has been recognized with many honors and awards over the years including “Excellence in Public Service” from the UCSD, “Chief of Police of the Year” by the Neighborhood Market Association, a “Leadership Award” from the National Latino Police Chief’s Association as well as many other accolades.

Chief Gonzales earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from National University, a Master of Arts degree in Post Secondary Education from California State University, San Diego, and a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Science from the University of San Diego.

The Los Angeles County Probation Department has an annual budget of over $1 billion and 5,600 positions serving more than 40,000 juveniles and adults who are on probation in the County.

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
Friday, Aug 5, 2022
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 19 new deaths throughout L.A. County, 4,864 new cases countywide and 146 new cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Friday, Aug 5, 2022
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California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón issued a statement Aug. 4 on the national public health emergency declaration on the monkeypox outbreak.
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