General Information

Contact Dept

  • Phone:
    (559) 600-3420
  • Email:
  • Address:
    3333 E. American Ave, Suite B
    Fresno, CA 93725
  • Juvenile Services/JJC:
    (559) 600-3996
  • Adult Supervision/AOWP:
    (559) 600-6040
  • Drug Suppression:
    (559) 600-3800
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Chief Chavez


Rick Chavez was appointed Chief Probation Officer of Fresno County on August 5, 2013 having served in all capacities in the juvenile, adult and institutional divisions within the department since 1984.  The Department has over 600 employees, including Deputy Probation Officers, Juvenile Correctional Officers, Victim Advocates and other professional and support staff, and operates on an annual budget in excess of $67 million.

As Project Coordinator, he spearheaded the construction of the new Juvenile Justice Campus in Fresno County; a $141 million dollar project that opened in July of 2006, the largest state-of-art juvenile justice facility in the State of California. This campus serves as a national model for the furtherance of juvenile justice.

Chief Chavez is recognized as a leader in the planning, development and implementation of both SB 678 the California Community Corrections Performance Incentive Act that drastically changed felony probation practices in the State of California and AB 109 the Public Safety Realignment Act, a historic shift of offenders from California prisons to counties for community supervision upon release from custody.  Fresno County Probation continues to provide direction throughout the state for realignment efforts.

Chief Chavez has served as the State President of the California Association of Probation Services Administrators and also the Central Region Chair of the organization as well as a member of numerous state and local committees.  

Chief Chavez strongly supports the new paradigms in corrections including evidence based practices and data driven decisions, operational efficiencies  and  continuous strategic improvement in all areas of departmental and system operation.  His leadership and vision is strongly communicated at all levels of departmental operation and his commitment to the citizens of Fresno County, to make a difference, accomplished through collaboration and partnership.