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.



Council Members


Member Title Organization
TR Merickel, Chairman Chief Probation Officer Kern County Probation Department
Cynthia Zimmer District Attorney Kern County District Attorney
Robin Walters 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
Vacant Community Based Drug and Alcohol Program
Lyle Martin 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 13, 2019

Past Meetings:

Date                      Agenda                Minutes

04/10/19                Agenda                 Minutes