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Probation Department Staff Honored

Opening remarks from Chief Tanja Heitman kicked off the Santa Barbara County Probation Department’s 33rd Annual Staff Recognition Dinner March 9 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott.

The dinner honored probation personnel for their accomplishments in 2017. Award recipients included:

Support Staff of the Year: Nancy Valdez, Santa Maria administrative office professional; Vanessa Diffenderfer, Santa Barbara administrative office professional; and Roseanna Rojo, Lompoc administrative office orofessional.

Institutions Staff of the Year: Yoshi Sim, Los Prietos Boys Camp cook, and Senior Sonja Alcantar, Santa Maria Juvenile Hall deputy probation officer,

Deputy Probation Officer of the Year: Senior Shannon Harris, Santa Maria deputy probation officer; Senior Veronica Santana, Santa Barbara deputy probation officer; and Shane Lariba, Lompoc deputy probation officer.

Supervisor of the Year: Alejandra Ochoa, Santa Maria Juvenile Hall supervising probation officer.

Bulldog Award: All staff sworn and non-sworn assigned to the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall.

Star Award: Karyn Milligan, manager of research and special projects.

Chief’s Award: Senior Patti Stadler, Santa Maria administrative office professional.

Second Dist. Supervisor Janet Wolf was recognized for her years of support and was presented with a wooden tray hand-crafted by the youth at Los Prietos Boys camp.

The Board of Supervisors also presented service pins to employees with 20, 25 and 30 years of county service.  

— Karyn Milligan for the Santa Barbara County Probation Department.


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