Assistant Chief

Joe Netemeyer

Joe NetemeyerJoe has worked in the probation field for over 20 years in Placer County. During his career, he worked in almost every division while rising through the ranks, from a Deputy Probation Officer to Assistant Chief. Joe spent several years working within our institution and has always enjoyed the energy that comes with a custody setting. Joe has served on the CAPIA executive Board as the Sacramento Region Chair and the Legislative Analyst. Additionally, Joe is a firearms instructor for the department.
Joe is committed to making a difference in our community and the lives of our clients through accountability and evidence-based services. Joe is a long-time foothills resident and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in criminology.

Assistant Chief

Brian Passenheim

Aaron JohnsonBrian started his career with the Placer County Probation Department in 2004. Since then, he has had experience in Adult Services, Pretrial, Alternative Sentencing, the Juvenile Detention Facility, and Juvenile Services (Children’s System of Care). Brian had served as a Deputy Probation Officer, Senior Deputy Probation Officer, Supervising Deputy Probation Officer, and Probation Manager. In January of 2021, he was appointed to the Assistant Chief Probation Officer position. Additionally, he has held the responsibility of Background Investigator, Field Training Officer, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, Co-coordinator on the CSEC team, and Evidence Room Manager. Before starting with Placer County, Brian worked in South Dakota as a Correctional Officer and a Parole Agent. Brian is dedicated and passionate about making a positive impact in our community and is extremely thankful to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Placer County. Brian currently oversees the Adult Court Division, South Placer Adult Field Division, Alternative Sentencing, Pretrial, and the Placer Re-Entry Program (PREP).

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About Our Department

The Probation Department is an integral part of Placer County’s public safety structure, charged with operating the Juvenile Detention Facility (JDF) and the investigation and preparation of social history reports for both juvenile and adult clients at the direction of the Placer County Superior Courts. Probation supervises adult and juvenile clients, granted probation by the Courts, as well as Mandatory Supervision clients and Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) clients who have recently been released from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Clients are held accountable to their terms and conditions of release and may participate in our probation programs that include Alternative Sentencing Mobile Work Crew, Placer County ReEntry Program (PREP), and Prop 47 ACTion Team and many other programs designed to change behavior.