Guadalupe Rabago Named Santa Barbara County Probation Chief

A new Chief Probation Officer has been selected for Santa Barbara County.

The Santa Barbara County Superior Court announced the hiring of Guadalupe “Lupe” Rabago Thursday, effective January 19. Rabago is replacing Beverly Taylor who retired last week after three years on the job.

Rabago assumed his current position with Imperial County in 2012 and had previously been employed as Assistant Chief Probation Officer there. He also previously served in various positions in San Diego County, beginning in 1999. His prior roles include Correctional Deputy Probation Officer, Deputy Probation Officer, Senior Probation Officer, and Supervising Probation Officer.

Rabago holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from National University in San Diego. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Chief Probation Officers of California, American Probation and Parole Association, and California Narcotics Officers Association, according to the Court’s press release.

As the county’s Chief Probation Officer, Rabago will be responsible for the planning and implementation of various adult and juvenile service programs. He will also be tasked with overseeing progress related to the state’s 2011 realignment law, which shifted responsibility for many non-violent offenders to the local county level.

The salary range for the position is around $121,595 to $201,928 per year.

Read more about Guadalupe Rabago here.