To ensure continuity within the Riverside County Department of Probation, the county board of supervisors Aug. 27, appointed an interim chief probation officer, who will take over when current Chief Mark Hake leaves in September.
In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board approved the appointment of Assistant Chief Probation Officer Ron Miller to the temporary post.
Miller, who has worked with Hake for several decades, will serve as interim chief until the county recruits a permanent replacement, which is expected to take three to four months.
Hake is slated to officially leave the probation department on Sept. 11. He is retiring with just over three decades of service in county government.
The longtime law enforcement officer has been credited with keeping the agency operationally efficient despite staffing shortages and increasing burdens, including those stemming from Assembly Bill 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.
Under that law, many former state responsibilities related to parole compliance were shifted to counties.
At the board’s Aug. 6 meeting, Chairman Kevin Jeffries half-jokingly asked whether Hake might consider deferring his retirement, but the chief replied that it would require major incentives to keep him at the helm.
The board is expected to formally wish him farewell during its Sept. 10 meeting.