Bill Dickinson began his career with the Probation Department as an Extra-Help Group Counselor at the Youth Detention Center in 1994. He was appointed as a permanent Group Counselor soon thereafter and worked in that classification at both the Youth Detention Center and the Kern Crossroads Facility. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Communications from California State University Bakersfield in 1997. In 1998, Bill was promoted to the Deputy Probation Officer classification where he worked in several assignments before promoting to Probation Supervisor in 2004. As a supervisor, he would spend time leading the Youth Placement Supervision and Youth Reentry Supervision units. Bill became a member of the management team in 2012, first serving as Assistant Probation Division Director of the Youth Detention Center before promoting to Probation Division Director in 2014. As a Probation Division Director, he would have assignments in both the Youth Supervision division and at the Youth Detention Center until 2019 when he was promoted to Deputy Chief. As Deputy Chief, he was responsible for executive-level management of the Youth Services Bureau. Bill became Chief Probation Officer through an appointment by the Superior Court in August of 2023.