Santa Barbara County's chief probation officer was placed on administrative leave Monday morning for an indefinite period of time over a "personnel matter." 

Guadalupe "Lupe" Rabago was replaced by retired Chief Probation Officer Beverly Taylor, who was sworn in as the acting chief probation officer in Santa Barbara Superior Court on Monday.

Superior Court Executive Officer Darrel Parker said Rabago being removed from his duties is "part of a court review process" into his performance. He declined to comment further saying the issue was a personnel matter.

While Rabago's leave is indefinite, Parker said, he expects the matter to wrap up in the next two weeks unless the Superior Court takes it further. Possible outcomes include Rabago's termination or his reinstatement.

Although Rabago is technically a county employee, the Superior Court has the authority to remove and/or appoint the chief probation officer from their position, Parker said.

Rabago replaced a retiring Taylor in early January 2015 to lead the county's Probation Department.

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Before relocating to Santa Barbara County in early January 2015, Rabago was the interim chief probation officer for Imperial County, where he had served since October 2012 as the assistant chief probation officer.

Prior to his employment in Imperial County, Rabago served San Diego County as a correctional deputy probation officer, deputy probation officer, senior probation officer and supervising probation officer, dating back to July 1999.

Rabago is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside, where he earned his bachelor's degree in political science. He also is a graduate of National University in San Diego, where he earned his master's degree in public administration.

April Charlton covers Santa Barbara County for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow her on Twitter@WordsDawn

 

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