New officer joins sentence program

Doug Leet, a former Carson City juvenile probation officer, was sworn in Monday as deputy alternative sentencing adult probation officer for Douglas County.

Leet, 42, has been on the job working with chief deputy Doug Swalm for about three weeks.

The two supervise 488 cases in Douglas County and monitor house arrest for Carson City probationers.

The alternative sentencing program allows people convicted of certain crimes to remain out of jail, but keeps them under close watch to make sure they follow terms of their probation.

"This was an opportunity to work with alternative sentencing and be closer to home," Leet said.

He and his wife Karen have a son and a daughter in elementary school. Leet graduated from Douglas High School in 1982.

Leet graduated from Western Michigan University with a fine art degree and a social psychology minor.

He worked his way back to Nevada and earned a teaching certificate at Sierra Nevada College.

Leet was a substitute teacher for 2-1/2 years before he was hired to teach at the juvenile detention center in Carson City for five years.

From there, he became a juvenile probation officer and worked in that capacity for five years.

He sees his new job as "working with people in trouble and getting them help if they want it, or keeping them off the streets for community protection."

Since its inception in 1997, the number of cases supervised each month has more than tripled from 135 in June 1998 to 437 this past June.


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