California Probation Chiefs Elect New President, Executive Officers for 2019
San Joaquin County Chief Stephanie James Elected President


SACRAMENTO – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) announced their ratified vote to confirm the slate of Executive Officers for 2019 at their quarterly all chief meeting.

The 2019 slate of new executive officers are: President: Chief Stephanie James (San Joaquin County), Vice President: Chief Steve Sentman (Orange County), Secretary: Chief Brian Richart (El Dorado County). 

“CPOC is an organization of inspiring leaders and I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization as the President in 2019,” said Chief Stephanie James, newly elected President of the Chief Probation Officers of California.  “Chief Salio has done a wonderful job and has helped CPOC lead state conversations on issues that matter to public safety and our communities. I look forward to continue that work to move California to a public safety system that relies on data, research and evidence-based strategies to safer communities and changed lives.”

“Chief James will do an exceptional job as CPOC president in 2019,” said Chief Salio, immediate past President of the Chief Probation Officers of California.  “There is no better time for a Chief with her extension background in data and research to be President. She has created innovative programs that have had a huge impact in San Joaquin County and bringing those ideas to state-level conversations will be a tremendous opportunity for California.”

The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC), is an association of all 58 counties with a shared identity as law enforcement leaders. CPOC is committed to a research-based approach to public safety that promotes positive behavior change. Their leadership guides policy and practice in the areas of prevention, community-based corrections, secure detention for youth and direct human services. CPOC’s goal is to prevent crime and delinquency, reduce recidivism, restore victims and promote healthy families and communities.

CPOC’s mission is to advocate and educate for a multi-dimensional approach to public safety that includes: 

  • Holding clients accountable through community supervision.
  • Preventing crime by changing criminal thinking.
  • Objectively assessing the law and facts for individuals coming before the Court.
  • Restoring victims and preventing future victimization.
  • Rehabilitating our clients with evidence-informed strategies that change their behavior.
  • Ensuring secure and effective detention services and successful reentry.

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