Chief Adult Probation Officer for Bexar CountyThis will be an important hire so I hope Bexar gets some good applicants. Part of Bill Fitzgerald's problem, several people have told me, was that he came to San Antonio as a transplant from Phoenix and never quite understood or fit in with the local culture. It'd be nice if somebody with some gravitas who's highly respected in Bexar County criminal justice circles (perhaps like former GOP Sheriff's candidate Dennis McKnight, who IMO could do a lot in that position) apply for the job. Both the employees and the judges need to be able to trust whoever ends up in that slot.
The district and statutory county court judges trying criminal cases in Bexar County are soliciting applications for Chief of the Community Supervision and Corrections Department, responsible for the operation of the county adult probation department and supervision of 400+ employees. Qualifications: Graduate degree preferred in criminology; counseling; social work; psychology; business; public or nonprofit administration; or a closely related field; or a J.D. Significant administrative or managerial experience, with demonstrated leadership in a department or business. All candidates must also meet the eligibility requirements for a community supervision officer as set out in the Texas Government Code. Must successfully pass a background investigation. Required to be on call 24 hours a day, and required to work more than 40 hours per work week. Salary range is $135,000 to $170,000 per year. Applicants must submit a résumé and short letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position to: Melissa Barlow Fischer, General Administrative Counsel for the Criminal District Courts, Cadena-Reeves Justice Center, 300 Dolorosa Suite 4076, San Antonio, TX 78205. Applications must be received by November 2, 2009.
In addition to Fitzgerald's problems with employee relations, Bexar has been among the most recalcitrant counties at implementing state level reforms aimed using progressive sanctions more aggressively and reducing the number of probation revocations. Judges need to hire somebody capable of confronting those challenges instead of resisting state-mandated reforms.