The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved the county administrator's selection of Todd Billeci to serve as the county's permanent chief of probation, removing his interim tag Tuesday.
For 25 years as a member of Contra Costa County's Probation Department, Billeci has assisted in leading the department through great changes in how parole services, pre-trial supervision and probation are carried out in California, county officials said.
County Administrator David Twa spoke highly of Billeci for his service after taking the place of former chief probation officer Philip Kader as interim chief at the end of March.
"Todd will be a great addition to the County's leadership team," Twa said. "He will further the innovative approaches and programs already a hallmark of the Contra Costa County Probation Department."
After a national recuritment of 272 applicants, Billeci was selected as one of five semifinalists.
The selection committee included the Honorable Presiding Judge Steven Austin and the Honorable Supervising Juvenile Judge Thomas Maddock from the Superior Court in Contra Costa County.
Billeci, formerly the assistant county probation officer, was acknowledged by the Board of Supervisors for the notable contributions he has made to the department, with the supervisors encouraged by the vision he has to lead the award-winning operation, county officials said.
Billeci, who officially began his permanent post on Wednesday, said he was grateful for the opportunity to lead the department that has been the central component of his public safety career.
"I'm pleased to be able to lead such a high quality team of professionals in Contra Costa County, whose role in keeping communities safe is often overlooked," Billeci said. "Probation staff plays a vital role in the network of public safety, and I look forward to continuing and enhancing our ability to provide the best community service possible."
Last month, the Board of Supervisors honored the Probation Department by designating the week of July 17-23 as the official week to appreciate the professional achievements of the probation, pretrial and parole supervisors.