The second-in-command at San Francisco’s Juvenile Probation Department has been appointed by the mayor to take over for his retiring boss.

Mayor Ed Lee announced Tuesday that he is appointing Assistant Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance to take over for William Siffermann, who said last month that he is retiring as chief of the department.

“With commitment and focus on reducing juvenile crime and recidivism rates and offering our young people with hope for a better future, I know Allen Nance will continue the leadership of Chief Siffermann to ensure safer communities,” Lee said in a statement.

As the top assistant to Siffermann, Nance has helped implement a state-of-the-art drug lab to test illegal substance use among juvenile and adult offenders, among other achievements, according to the mayor’s office.

Prior to coming to San Francisco, Nance worked in juvenile probation in Illinois’ Cook County starting in 1989 and in adult probation in the state’s DuPage County from 2000 to 2005.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is bilingual in Spanish and English, according to the mayor’s office.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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