For the first time, a woman will lead San Diego County Probation Department
A little more than half of California’s probation officers are women. But no women have held the top probation job in San Diego County.
Enter Tamika Nelson, who at the end of the month will make history as the first female chief of the San Diego County Probation Department, which has more than 1,000 employees and a budget of $236 million. It works with about 7,500 adults who are on probation and 500 juveniles.
In a statement announcing Nelson’s hiring, Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher said San Diego County is “reimagining the services we provide to youth, opening new facilities that align with our goals, and we’ve hired new leadership to help us drive change in the probation department.”
Nelson’s background, experience and values, Fletcher said, “align with the new direction we are taking our county.”