As a former executive manager in the probation department, I am both dismayed and embarrassed by the judges’ actions in the matter of the “leave of absence” of Chief Probation Officer Rick Chavez.
When the actions of judges come under public scrutiny, nothing raises eyebrows faster than an appearance of an impropriety. The lack of substantiating proof of the accusations for removal are paramount in this matter. The reliance on an outside source to do investigative work on bogus accusations is an affront to the local judiciary.
This haphazard process was further compromised by Presiding Judge Kimberly Gaab’s reliance on information provided by a disgruntled probation manager. Subsequent appointment of this same manager to interim chief probation officer further speaks to Gaab’s lack of integrity and insight. One would think that when all is said and done, the person who should be removed for breach of ethics should be Judge Gaab not Mr. Chavez.
The actions of Judge Gaab and other “rubber stamp” judicial committee members would suggest a much deeper problem exists in the local justice system. Perhaps the judges should “clean” their own house and leave probation in the capable hands of Mr. Chavez.
Chuck Smith, Clovis