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Two new officers join Douglas JPO

Michael Schneider

The Douglas County Juvenile Probation Office has added two new members – Kelli Taylor and Doug Albertson – to help with supervision of youthful offenders.

Albertson, a former defensive end for the Boise State University Broncos and a native of Fresno, Calif., came to the JPO by way of the Carson City juvenile detention center where he oversaw many of the kids for whom he will now be a probation officer.

“I know almost all of them,” said Albertson, who graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in sociology.

Taylor, a Carson Valley native and graduate of Douglas High School, spent her college years earning a humanities education degree at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Before working for the Forest Service on the west side of Lake Tahoe, Taylor spent time in West Africa where she was a Peace Corps volunteer.

Albertson said he’s worked with young people as a staff supervisor and program coordinator for residential treatment centers.

For the first six years of his career, he worked with all violators including extremely at-risk kids while in California.

“Douglas County kids are extremely respectful and much more cooperative than where I come from,” said Albertson. “There’s more latitude in California.”

Taylor began her work with young people while pursing her education in Colorado. She said she worked with the Durango Youth Service while in college in conflict resolution and developing education programs.

Taylor also worked in South Lake Tahoe, Calf. where she was a program coordinator at the middle school level, helping to develop community service programs for kids.

Both new JPOs will be on the supervision end of the spectrum, each with their own case load of probationers to supervise.

“We’ll be an extension of the judges,” said Albertson. “We’re the enforcement side of the judicial branch.”

“We’ll shoot for positive change and holding them accountable,” said Taylor of her new role.

Both also said they look forward to working with and for district court judges Dave Gamble and Michael Gibbons who also handle the county’s juvenile caseload.

“The judges are philosophically very progressive,” said Albertson. “They want to expose kids to a positive, uplifting environment.

“The chess club, wilderness programs, Aspen, that’s what we mean by progressive. We want them to experience that natural high.

“What do you say about the guy? Kudos,” said Albertson of Gamble. “They’re both interested in the kids.”

“Both are very proactive with the kids’ needs,” said Taylor.

In addition to supervising juvenile offenders, Taylor said they would be substituting for JPOs LuJean Johnson and Vicky Lamb when necessary and just answering to the judges in general.

Taylor said she’s been very impressed with the response of the other probation officers and JPO employees’ receptive attitude toward her and Albertson.

“I’ve done three years of research on this department,” said Albertson of his prior job with the Carson City detention center. “I was impressed with each person in JPO.

“I was thinking, ‘I could easily work with them,’ and here I sit.”