John Keene was appointed Chief Probation Officer of San Mateo County on June 10, 2013. He has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and probation.
Chief Keene holds a law degree from the Southern University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern University. He worked as a police officer and investigator for the State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety. Chief Keene began his service with Alameda County in 1998 as a Deputy Probation Officer. He worked in a variety of increasing challenging positions within the Probation Department, culminating in his appointment as Deputy Chief in 2012.
In addition to his duties as Chief Probation Officer, he is a member of the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC.) As a member of CPOC, Chief Keene serves as the chair of the Legislative Committee and is also currently the chair of the Bay Region. Chief Keene also serves on the Governor’s Interstate Compact Council.
Chief Keene views public service as the highest of callings. He values teamwork, leadership, excellence, professionalism and integrity.