Richmond native named Marin County probation chief

Richmond native Marlon Washington named Marin County probation chief
Marlon Washington (Photo credit: Marin County)

Richmond native Marlon Washington has been named as chief of the Marin County Probation Department.

Washington will start in the role on Aug. 10 and is set to be introduced to the Marin County Board of Supervisors during its July 21 meeting, according to the county.

Washington was Napa County’s Juvenile Hall superintendent since 2015, managing 37 employees and a $6.8 million annual budget and developing new training procedures and programs. Previous to that role, he worked for 16 years with the Contra Costa County Probation Department in supervisorial roles in the adult and juvenile divisions.

He has a sociology degree with emphasis in law from UC Davis and after college he gained experience as an academic outreach coordinator, a residential boys camp supervisor, a case management support counselor, a school/community resource specialist, a youth services program administrator, and a substitute teacher, according to the county.

County Administrator Matthew Hymel touted Washington’s experience working with all ages of probationers and his “spirit of collaboration.”

“His knowledge of emerging trends in restorative justice, cultural competency, and mental health in the justice system were particularly impressive,” Hymel said in a statement. “He has a reputation as a level-headed and transparent professional, and we know he will be an outstanding fit with the Marin public safety community.”

Washington described being “humbled and excited about this opportunity.”

“I have established relationships in Marin already as a resource,” Washington said in the statement. “I believe building upon these relationships and my experience will be beneficial to the county. My philosophy and approach to probation aligns with restorative justice and forging relationships.”

Washington’s annual salary will be $182,270 not including benefits