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Riverside County's chief probation officer says so-long

 

Last updated 9/10/2019 at 2:03pm



RIVERSIDE - Chief Probation Officer Mark Hake was recognized on Tuesday, Sept. 10 as a "tremendous leader'' as he prepares to leave county service after 30 years at the same agency.

"I've had a career I never imagined and was able to see and do things I never imagined,'' Hake said during the Riverside County Board of Supervisors' recognition ceremony, just prior to the start of regular county business. "I'll miss the people and the challenges. But it's time to step aside and move on to the next chapter of my life.''

County CEO George Johnson praised Hake for his faithful adherence to "lean practices'' in running the Department of Probation during tough budget years.

"He has been a tremendous leader for our county,'' Johnson said. "He has helped grow our probation department to be the best in California.''

Supervisor Kevin Jeffries noted that in his six years on the board, Hake "has not been on our radar, and that's a good thing.''

"Mark and his team have kept things running smoothly and efficiently,'' the board chairman said.

Hake thanked his executive staff, acknowledging that "you're only as good as those around you.''

"Any recognition I receive is due to their work,'' he said.

Hake's last official day on the job is Thursday. His longtime colleague, Assistant Chief Probation Officer Ron Miller, will serve as the interim chief until a permanent replacement is named.

Hake began as a youth counselor at Riverside Juvenile Hall in 1989 and gradually climbed the career ladder within the Department of Probation. He was selected for the agency's executive team in 2009 and was appointed chief four years later, overseeing a staff of 850 employees.

The career law enforcement officer has been credited with keeping the agency operationally efficient despite increasing burdens, mostly stemming from Assembly Bill 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.

Under that law, many former state responsibilities related to parole compliance were shifted to counties.

The Department of Probation has inaugurated juvenile diversion programs to keep youthful offenders out of detention facilities, and probation officials have worked with the courts and other agencies to combat adult recidivism under Hake's watch.

 

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