Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council

The Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council (Council) is a multi-agency advisory board established by the Kern County Board of Supervisors pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code §749.22. The Council is required to develop and implement a continuum of county-based responses to juvenile crime. The Council is also responsible for developing a comprehensive, multiagency plan that identifies the resources and strategies for providing an effective continuum of responses for the prevention, intervention, supervision, treatment, and incarceration of male and female juvenile offenders, including strategies to develop and implement locally based or regionally based out-of-home placement options for youth described in WIC §602.

JJCC Policies and Procedures – Approved 04-14-21

Council Members

Member Title Organization
TR Merickel, Chairman Chief Probation Officer Kern County Probation Department
Cynthia Zimmer District Attorney Kern County District Attorney
Teryl Wakeman Deputy Public Defender Kern County Public Defender
Donny Youngblood Sheriff Kern County Sheriff’s Department
Leticia Perez Supervisor, 5th District Board of Supervisors
Dena Murphy Director Kern County Human Services
Jennie Sill BHRS System Administrator Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Linda Hoyle Executive Director, Henrietta Weill
Memorial Child Guidance Clinic
Community Based Drug and Alcohol Program
Greg Terry Chief of Police Bakersfield Police Department
Dr. Mary Barlow Superintendent of Schools Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Henry Castaneda Private Citizen Community Representative
Jamie Henderson Commissioner Kern County Juvenile Justice Commission
Anthony Meeks Private Citizen Community Representative
Tamarah Harber-Pickens Court Executive Officer Kern County Superior Court
Thomas James Corson Executive Director Kern County Network for Children

Meeting Information

Upcoming Meeting:  November 2022 (exact date to be determined)

Past Meetings:

Date                      Agenda                Minutes              Meeting Documents

04/10/19                Agenda                 Minutes               Kern 2019-20 Annual Plan

11/13/19                Agenda                 Minutes               Meeting Documents

04/29/20                Agenda                 Minutes               Kern 2020-21 Annual Plan

11/18/20                Agenda                 Minutes               Meeting Documents

04/14/21                Agenda                 Minutes               Meeting Documents

11/10/21                Agenda                 Minutes                None

04/06/22                Agenda                 Minutes               Meeting Documents