By Mario Conde
The County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of James Moffett as interim County Probation Officer.
CEO Ralph Cordova said that on October 5th he was notified by the Imperial County Superior Court Presiding Judge, Christopher Yeager that the Superior Court Judges voted unanimously to appoint Moffett as Interim Chief Probation Officer for the County of Imperial pending appointment of a permanent CPO. Recruitment for a permanent CPO closes on October 21st. The selection process, including review of the applications, scheduling of interviews, physical and background check, is expected to take up to 90 days.
Moffett has served as Chief Probation Officer in four California counties including Inyo, Calaveras, Mariposa, and Mono. He most recently was employed by Grant County, New Mexico as a detention administrator of its county detention facility. Cordova said that he has 25 years of experience including budget preparation and oversight, supervision of personnel and juvenile facilities. He has served as Chairperson for the Chief Probation Officers of California Central Region and Children’s System of Care Policy Council.
El Centro Resident Tony Ramos thanked the board for moving forward in electing an interim chief. He said that for the last two years the County Probation Department had very bad times the last two years with Krizay in charge. He told the board that Moffett needs be guided so he can do a good job at the department. Ramos is against having judges appoint the permanent Probation Chief since they were the once that appointed a bad leader, he said. He suggested a committee be made of Supervisor Mike Kelley, Sheriff Ray Loera, and members of the community to select a new County Probation Chief.
The agreement of James Moffett to serve as interim chief will be at a cost not to exceed $11,000 per month and not to exceed a period of six months. He replaces Martin Krizay who was dismissed as probation officer after many allegations of “unfair labor practice” and violations of the Brown Act.
In other news, the County Board approved the donation of a 1983 fire engine to the Ciy of Mexicali. The Mexicali Fire Departmetn has shown an interest in obtaining this fire apparatus for the use within their City. The intent is to add the engine to their inventory and keep it in service as a reserve fire engine to assit with needs in the City of Mexicali/San Felipe.