BREAKING NEWS – County Probation Services Continue Despite Fire |

BREAKING NEWS – County Probation Services Continue Despite Fire

The Nevada County Probation Department will have full staffing Thursday, despite the Nevada City fire that decimated its offices Wednesday.

Phone calls are being taken on the main line at 265-1200 and delivered as messages for return calls from staff.

Chief Probation Officer John Wardell assures there are no public safety concerns regarding probationers being handled by field officers. Some employees are seeking professional trauma assistance today, and all employees will have services available when reporting for work tomorrow at the temporary site.

The fire has displaced the county’s services for eight months to one year. Short term office solutions for approximately 35 impacted staff members include using the County’s Emergency Operations Center at the Rood Center for up to two weeks, as well as unoccupied space in the Courthouse that is available for up to 90 days.

Both areas meet security needs and have necessary wiring for immediate access to computers used as a backbone for service delivery, tracking and records. The interim solution for approximately 90 days includes providing necessary wiring to the County-owned Nevada City Veterans Building.

Longer-term solutions are being analyzed and include offers from local businesses.

“This is a tragedy for our employees, the business tenants and owners, and the community as a whole. The county family is extremely thankful there were no injuries, and our organized emergency response training has gone into full swing to ensure that the Probation staff will be able to continue services with little delay,” said County Board Chair Barbara Green.

Further information regarding office relocations will be updated as information is available, and can be seen on the County’s web site at

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