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LaDonna Harris Appointed Acting Chief Probation Officer for Alameda County

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed LaDonna Harris as the county's Acting Chief Probation Officer starting March 19.

Released by Alameda County's Board of Supervisors

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has appointed LaDonna Harris as Acting Chief Probation Officer effective March 19, 2012. Ms. Harris, a longtime employee of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office who retired last year, will replace Acting Chief Dennis Handis.  Mr. Handis assumed interim responsibility for the department for a short term based on his limited availability, and the Board extends its appreciation to him for his ongoing assistance and commitment to Alameda County.

Ms. Harris worked for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years and retired last year as a Division Commander.  In 2003, she served as an assistant to Acting Alameda County Chief Probation Officer Wayne Tucker for several months during a prior change in departmental leadership.  Mr. Handis will assist Ms. Harris with the interim leadership transition and be available to provide ongoing support.

The need for an Acting Chief Probation Officer arose out of the Board’s decision to place Chief Probation Officer David Muhammad on administrative leave in February.  No new information is available regarding Chief Muhammad’s status.

Nate Miley, President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, announced Ms. Harris’ appointment in a memo to department employees this morning.  In the memo, Miley states, “The Board of Supervisors understands that the last month has been a challenging time for the leadership and employees of the Probation Department.’’

Miley stated his appreciation to department employees for their active roles in helping Alameda County respond to the State’s public safety realignment program, which shifts more law enforcement responsibility to the counties.

In his memo, Miley concludes, “The Board of Supervisors is committed to the mission of the Probation Department and the dynamic changes necessary to implement new State-mandated programs. Acting Chief Harris is ready to assume the interim leadership role and ensure continuity and support for the initiatives now underway.’’

Tessa loehwing March 18, 2012 at 09:37 PM
A big congrats! You deserve it. Love ya. Tessa
Thomas Clarke March 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I wonder what the salary we are now paying for Ms Harris's placement. She is now a double dipper at the least, plus we are paying for Mr Muhammad as well. This is exactly the kind of patronage and double dealing that we have had from Nate Miley and his long term friends on the BOS. It is time for all of these guys to go. Vote out the incumbents. Insist on performance from what we have. No new taxes. No new fees and no new assessments.
Observer March 19, 2012 at 03:27 AM
You hate elected officials. You hate public employees. Why don’t you run for office so you can get the power to make the decisions and fix everything? I know I never will because I would have to sit and listen to the obnoxious venom that you spew. Maybe you don’t run because you then would have to take a bunch of crap from people like yourself.

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