Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Chief Probation Officer
Department: District Court - Adult Probation Updated: 01/2018
Division: Adult Probation FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

The Chief Probation Officer is responsible for directing and supervising the caseload, reports and routine activities of the District Court Probation Department as well as performing the regular duties of a Probation Officer.

  • Serves as a working supervisor, performing duties of a probation officer with a full caseload while directing the professional and support staff of the department.
  • Participates in employee selection, training, performance evaluations, disciplinary actions and salary increase recommendations.
  • Assists in preparation of annual departmental budget and monitors expenditures against projected costs.
  • Assures accuracy of accounts for fines, costs, restitution and reimbursement of attorney fees as received from probationers and appropriate distributions.
  • Reviews and approves all pre-sentence investigation reports and sentence recommendations as to both form and content.
  • Assigns cases to probation officers in a manner so as to provide equal distribution of workload.
  • Monitors attendance, daily activities of staff and effectiveness of work habits.
  • Assures the completion of all pre-sentence reports by due dates and violation recommendations prior to expiration of court’s jurisdiction.
  • Provides guidance to probation officers in counseling probationers and in availability of outside agency assistance when needed.
  • Supplies Court Administrator with statistical reports of current caseload, new referrals, discharges, fees collected and other pertinent information.
  • Performs or directs the performance of screening and assessments as necessary for sentencing of offenders convicted of drinking and driving; included is the training and licensing required to be in conformance with regulations of the Michigan Office of Substance Abuse Services.
  • Provides periodic reports of departmental progress, problems and needs to the Court Administrator.
  • Instructs probation officers on changes in legal requirements and objectives of the judges as required.
  • Provides any and all services reasonable necessary to the efficient operation of the Probation Department.

·         Other duties as assigned.



Work is performed under the direction of the Administrator for the 72nd District Court.


The Chief Probation Officer is the immediate and direct supervisor of all 72nd District Court Probation Officers and the department’s clerical staff.


·         A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, Political Science or related field.

  • Possession of a valid Michigan Driver’s License.
  • A minimum of five (5) years  of experience as a probation agent, corrections officer, social worker, police officer or related field.
  • Waiver of specific requirements may be made if an applicant possesses exceptional managerial skill.
  • Thorough knowledge of all statutes, case law decisions and court rules regulating the pre-sentence investigations; the structuring of sentences and terms of probations; the procedures for imposing sanctions for violations of probation; and the conditions warranting discharge form probation.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of adult criminal corrections, alternatives available for sentencing and the community resources available for professional therapy and counseling.

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.      

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.  

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.    

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.


·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  • Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.                 
  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel.

·         Reach with hands and arms.

·         Stand and walk for significant periods of time; travel over uneven terrain.

·         See details in color, at close range and at a distance.

·         Good physical condition which will mean the fitness to be able to restrain, lift, move, push, pull or carry objects, equipment and animals during exams or procedures.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         May be exposed to working in close quarters, fumes or airborne particles, infectious diseases, criminal suspects.

·         The employee works in areas where universal precautions are required and is frequently exposed to risk from bodily fluids.

·         Due to the nature of the work hours may include overtime, evenings or weekends.



Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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Human Resources
200 Grand River Avenue, Ste. 206
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 989-6910
Fax: (810) 985-3493
Email: Human Resources