Tulare County Names New Chief Probation Officer

Tulare County’s Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Michelle Bonwell, has been promoted to the head of the county’s probation department, officials announced Thursday. Bonwell will earn an annual salary of $139,500.

“Michelle’s strong background in public service, specifically with Tulare County Probation, makes her an excellent candidate for this position. She is innovative, dedicated and will serve this community well,” said Juliet Boccone, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court Juvenile Court.

Bonwell joined the Tulare County Probation Department in 1995 and has held a number of key positions within the office over the past 22 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from National University.

Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel said he has complete confidence in Bonwell’s leadership.

“Michelle has a wealth of knowledge and experience from her work with Chief Myer and I look forward to working with her as the new Chief,” Vander Poel added.

Tulare’s probation department oversees more than 5,000 adult and juvenile offenders post-release. It has over 400 employees and a budget of more than $40 million. The Superior Court is in charge of appointing its Chief Probation Officer.

The department’s current head, Christine Myer, is stepping down this Friday. 


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