Court hires new probation chief

Michael Rogers was sworn in as Colusa County Chief Probation Chief on June 11 and assumed command of the department on Monday. (Susan meeker)

Michael Rogers, a former supervising probation officer for Butte County, assumed command of the Colusa County Probation Department on Monday.

Rogers was sworn in as Chief Probation Officer by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson on June 11, but spent time during the recent recruitment process getting to know the people who live and work in Colusa County.

Rogers will supervise, plan, and coordinate the activities and operations of the probation office, including adult and juvenile probation, and provide his staff with technical assistance in the areas of probation and criminal justice.

Rogers was selected following a competitive recruitment, including interviews with a panel of experts. Colusa County’s two Superior Court judges, two county supervisors, court administrative officer and county chief administrative officer served as the executive committee that ultimately chose him for the position from the pool of top 10 candidates.

Mr. Rogers brings over 21 years of experience in the fields of Probation and Parole. He has demonstrated successful leadership in the field of Probation, also as an effective liaison with the Courts, local law enforcement, as well as other community-based organizations in Butte County. He is eager to begin his new role as Chief Probation Officer for the County of Colusa.

“Mr. Rogers brings more than 21 years experience in the field of probation and parole,” said Patricia Leland, Colusa County human resources director. “He has demonstrated successful leadership in the field of probation, also as a effective liaison with the courts, local law enforcement, and other community-based organizations in Butte County.”

Rogers, whose career also included time spent as a  state parole officer, said he was excited to start his new role in Colusa County.

“It’s good to be here,” Rogers said. “Being chosen as the chief probation officer for Colusa County is truly a great honor for me and my family.”

Rogers lives in Chico with his wife and four children, and is looking to relocate to the community.

Rogers said he heard many good things about the law enforcement and probation community in Colusa County and was looking forward to working toward their common goals.

In addition to overseeing the department in supervising and counseling adult and juvenile probationers, Rogers will provide assistance to Superior Court and reviews and evaluate court decisions and legislation to assure compliance with laws, rules, regulations, professional standards, and established policies.

Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at