December 28, 2010 > Alameda County appoints Chief Probation Officer
Alameda County appoints Chief Probation Officer
Submitted By Guy Ashley
Today, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors announced its appointment of David Muhammad as Alameda County Chief Probation Officer effective February 14, 2011.
"Mr. Muhammad is a leader in the fields of juvenile justice and violence prevention and in reforming the juvenile justice system," stated Board President Alice Lai-Bitker. Susan S. Muranishi, County Administrator added that "these are extremely challenging times for local government and David's commitment to partnerships and innovation is key to providing services to our at-risk youth and adults." David stated that "I am fully committed to serving our youth and to work collaboratively with the community and County staff to serve our residents and work with the stakeholders on the challenges facing the Probation Department."
David will return to Alameda County from New York City where he currently serves as Deputy Commissioner of the City's Department of Probation - Adult Services and is responsible for overseeing 35,000 people on probation with a staff of 800. Prior to his position in New York City, David served as the Chief of Committed Services for the Department of Youth Rehabilitating Services in Washington, D.C., where his responsibilities included supervision of 300 staff, a $42 million annual budget and a juvenile institution with 900 youth in his department's care.
David was formerly the Executive Director of The Mentoring Center (TMC) in Oakland. Under his leadership, TMC doubled in staff size and tripled its budget as it became the premiere agency serving high at-risk youth. TMC's work has become renowned in all three of its service areas: direct service, technical assistance and training, and policy advocacy.
David received a BA in journalism from the Howard University School of Communications in Washington, D.C. In honor of his work with youth, David received the 2000 Community Leadership Award and Fellowship from The California Wellness Foundation, honoring community leaders who are involved in violence prevention. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Next Generation Leadership Award from The Rockefeller Foundation.