By: G. Sean Metroka Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of Nevada County
NEVADA CITY, Calif. May 3, 2012 - The Judges of the Superior Court of Nevada County announce the retirement of Nevada County Chief Probation Officer Doug Carver, effective June 30, 2012.
Chief Probation Officer Doug Carver has dedicated his working life to serving our community for more than 32 years. The Court recognizes his commitment and dedication to this community and his many achievements as head of the Nevada County Probation Department since 2002. He began working in the probation field in 1984, first as a Juvenile Hall Supervisor and eventually as a Deputy Probation Officer. He was appointed the Juvenile Hall Superintendent in 1998, where he was involved in the construction of the new Juvenile Hall facility. Over the course of his long career, Chief Carver has worked in all areas of probation, supervising all levels of offenders and a variety of programs.
At the time of Doug Carver's appointment as Chief Probation Officer, the probation offices had been completely destroyed by the Friar Tuck's Restaurant fire in March of 2002. He oversaw the temporary relocation of his offices and staff and the reconstruction of the new Probation Department offices. Chief Carver successfully accomplished that task without closing the Department or losing track of any probationers.
Since then, Chief Carver has been instrumental in directing the change in philosophy of the Probation Department. He brought evidence-based practices to the Probation Department to focus on what works in supervising the probationers themselves and to focus on reducing their recidivism. He also brought in additional grant money to foster the implementation of new programs. Additionally, Chief Carver was a significant participant and partner in creating and maintaining the success of many of our Collaborative Courts.
Over the years, Chief Carver has received several awards and commendations for his services to this community. In 1995, he was named the Probation Officer of the Year by Nevada County Probation. In 1997, Doug Carver was awarded a commendation for saving a life by successfully resuscitating that individual. In 2001, he was named the Nevada County Employee of the Year by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. In 2008, Chief Carver was elected Chair of the Sacramento Region of the Chief Probation Officers of California.
Throughout his tenure, Chief Carver consistently focused on training his dedicated staff on new and effective methods to increase the Probation Department's ability to improve results and to keep the public safe. The people of Nevada County will miss Chief Carver's unwavering commitment and dedication to service which he has demonstrated over his long and accomplished career.
Editor's Note: Mike Ertola is the Interim Chief Probation Officer for Nevada County. This appointment was made by Judge Heidelberger, Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court. Mr. Ertola will serve in this capacity until a permanent appointment is made.
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