County Probation Officers AWOL
Deputy probation officer Ivory Thomas told the Daily Breeze that the officers have been at work without a contract for over two years. At the heart of the dispute is the desire of the officers to be classified as public safety officers, as Sheriff's Deputies are, which will provide them with better retirement and benefits.
Probation officers do a tough job and play a key role in fighting and preventing crime. I am sure there are some crappy ones out there, but there are likely lots of good ones. The County Supervisors need to recognize this and find a way to give the officers what they want. I am sure there is some other pork-barrell nonsense out there that can be cut to make this important investment in public safety.