Governor Gavin Newsom Appoints El Dorado County Chief Probation Officer Brian Richart to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)

Press Release

Sacramento, CA, September 11, 2023 – Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the appointment of El Dorado County Chief Probation Officer Brian Richart to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his appointment of El Dorado County Chief Probation Officer Brian Richart to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).

“I am deeply honored to receive this appointment,” said Chief Richart. “I’m looking forward to bringing my unique perspective to the BSCC. I believe my experience in probation and focus on supporting people as they change their lives thereby improving the safety of our communities will be a valuable contribution to the Board and to carceral settings and community corrections throughout California”.

Chief Richart was appointed Chief in 2013.  He assumed that role after serving for three years as Chief of Staff for Probation in Alameda County and after a fourteen-year career with the Shasta County Probation Department. He was recently re-appointed by Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court to the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee of the California Judicial Council. Chief Richart is very active in statewide policy issues as a member of the Juvenile Advisory Committee for the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) and is considered a juvenile reform advocate in California.  

“Chief Richart brings an unparalleled level of experience and will be a huge value to the BSCC board,” said Chief Jennifer Branning, President of the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC). “His extensive experience will add a great amount of depth to the issues before the board and his collaborative approach will be a huge benefit as the BSCC navigates the issues around community corrections.”

Chief Richart was appointed to the position representing a County Probation Department in a jurisdiction with a population under 200,000, which was recently vacated by Chief Kelly Vernon.

The Board of State and Community Corrections is an independent statutory agency that provides leadership to the adult criminal justice system and juvenile justice system, expertise on Public Safety Realignment, and offers technical assistance on a wide range of community corrections issues. Richart’s appointment will fill one of two BSCC board appointments for Chief Probation Officers. Chief Kirk Haynes of Fresno County Probation fills the other Chief Probation Officer appointment for representation from a Large County Probation Department.

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