Presiding Judge Charles W. Gurtler, Jr. has announced that he will be opening a recruitment for a new Chief Probation Officer within the next few days. Current Chief Probation Officer, Darrell W. Reeves, has recently announced that he will be retiring effective July 1, 2016. Chief Reeves has been serving in this position since October 2011.
During the past four plus years the Probation Department under Chief Reeves’ direction has implemented many new programs including but not limited to:
- Implemented the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Project SAFE (Safe Accountable Fair Enforcement) within the Adult Probation Office.
- Established a Pretrial Services program that helps provide information to Judges when making decisions regarding release conditions for defendants.
- Integrated within the department national case management Evidence Based Practices (EBP) principles.
- Established programs to ensure all Juvenile and Adult probation officers received the Motivational Interviewing training.
- Created a department collections officer position to help follow up on and collect funds as ordered through Juvenile and Court restitution orders.
- Established a semi-annual Loyalty Oath Officer Swearing-in ceremony for all new staff.
“The Court appreciates the work performed by Chief Reeves during the almost 5 years he has been with the department. His efforts to continue to sustain the excellent work of the Adult and Juvenile probation officers has reflected positively in advancing the services provided by the department. This ultimately helps ensure the safety of the citizens of Mohave County and has helped many individuals improve their lives,” Judge Gurtler said. “We look forward to a successful recruitment process and hope to have a new Chief onboard sometime in July.”