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County Appoints Marshall C. Hopper As Chief Probation Officer

April 05, 2011

Marshall C. Hopper, a 14-year veteran of the Probation Department, was named Tuesday to serve as the county’s Chief Probation Officer.

County Executive Officer Thomas M. Miller selected Hopper to take over the Probation Department’s top position after consulting with Placer County Superior Court Presiding Judge Alan Pineschi. The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm the appointment.

Marshall C. Hopper

Hopper will replace Chief Probation Officer Stephen G. Pecor, who plans to retire this month after 29 years of Placer County service. Hopper’s appointment will take effect April 23.

“We appreciate Steve for his many years of exceptional service to Placer County. He did an outstanding job, a fact that was recognized by the Chief Probation Officers of California when it named Steve Chief Probation Officer of the Year for 2010,” CEO Miller said.

“Marshall has worked closely with Steve on many of the department’s most important initiatives, including its work with the Sheriff’s Office to significantly expand a successful Alternative Sentencing Program that holds offenders accountable while relieving overcrowding at the county jail. Marshall has risen rapidly through the Probation Department’s ranks and has both the experience and talent needed to maintain and build upon the foundation established by Steve.”

Hopper was hired by Placer County as a deputy probation officer II in 1997 and was appointed assistant chief probation officer last year.

In his new job, Hopper will oversee a department that is responsible for supervising more than 4,000 offenders on formal probation in Placer County. The department operates the county’s Juvenile Detention Facility and Juvenile and Adult Services, Alternative Sentencing and Food Services programs. The department has an operating budget of more than $24 million and approximately 142 full-time staff.

Hopper began his career in 1989 as a group counselor in Shasta County. In 1991, he was hired by El Dorado County to provide direct oversight of the Juvenile Electronic Monitoring Program. During his career, Hopper has worked in juvenile institutions, adult and juvenile services, alternative sentencing, and the Probation Department’s Special Services Division, which is responsible for recruitment and personnel matters.

Hopper has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento, and a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. He lives in Roseville with his family.