Interim Chief Probation Officer Appointed

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

In an informal ceremony today, Superior Court Presiding Judge Patricia L. Kelly, administered the Oath of Office to the new interim Chief Probation Officer Tanja Heitman. Ms. Heitman replaces Interim Chief Beverly Taylor who served the Court in that role for the past nine months.  Judge Kelly thanked Chief Taylor for her dedication to public service and the Probation Department remarking that her dignity and professionalism have served this community well.

Tanja Heitman has served as Deputy Chief Probation Officer of the Santa Barbara County Probation Department’s Adult Division since May of 2013.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1988; and began her career with Santa Barbara County Probation in 1990 as a Juvenile Institutions Officer at the Santa Barbara Juvenile Hall.

During her 27-year tenure with the Department, Ms. Heitman has served within the Juvenile Institutions, Adult, and Administrative Divisions in a variety of capacities, enhancing her overall expertise in all areas of probation operations.  She has served on numerous state committees related to funding and data within the probation field.  She has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of Realignment in Santa Barbara County, working collaboratively with representatives from the Court, the Sheriff’s Department, the Offices of the District Attorney and Public Defender, and local community-based groups.  She was previously recognized with several awards, including the Chief Probation Officer of California’s (CPOC) Staff of the Year, the Southern Region CPOC Employee of the Year, Santa Barbara County Probation Peace Officers Association President’s Award, and Santa Barbara County Chief’s Award.

The Court recognizes the breadth of experience Ms. Heitman possesses and is looking forward to working with her in this new role. Chief Heitman will serve in this role until a permanent successor is appointed.

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Stray Nov 01, 2017 07:40 AM
Interim Chief Probation Officer Appointed

By her own design, Beverly Taylor retired as Chief Probation Officer a couple of years ago. Her successor, Lupe Rabago, was placed on Administrative Leave, for unannounced reasons, on January 30, 3017. Taylor came out of retirement to become the Interim Chief during Rabago's leave. Rabago is presumedly gone. There are only so many hours one can work as extra-help or interim. Congratulations to Tanja Heitman.

a-1509675783 Nov 02, 2017 07:23 PM
Interim Chief Probation Officer Appointed

Stray's got it. The issue here is Lupe Rabago, who's on admin. leave. I respect personnel privacy to an extent. I DETEST it as the citizen employer of these people! And their bosses, civil servants and ELECTED POLITICIANS.

"Guadalupe Rabago, the county’s chief probation officer, was placed on paid administrative leave in January for undisclosed reasons after two years on the job."
JAN. 30, '17: Possible outcomes include Rabago’s termination, he said, “or he could stay.” “The court is completing its review process, which we expect will conclude in the next two weeks,” Parker said." noozhawk

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