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Probation Dept. reopens at temporary site

Eileen JoyceCounty Chief Probation Officer John Wardell says there are no public safety concerns regarding probationers being handled by field officers.
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The Nevada County Probation Department will have full staffing today 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 said there are no public safety concerns regarding probationers being handled by field officers. Some employees sought professional trauma assistance Wednesday, and all employees will have services available when reporting for work today at the temporary site.

The fire has displaced the probation staff for eight months to a year. Short-term office solutions for approximately 35 staff members include using the county’s Emergency Operations Center at 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 the 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 Memorial Building.

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

On the Net

Further information regarding office relocations will be updated as it becomes available. It can be seen on the county’s Web site at

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