Our Children, Our Families Council Members
Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
JUVENILE PROBATION DEPARTMENT
Chief Nance began his probation career in 1989 with the Juvenile Probation Department of Cook County, Illinois where he rose through the ranks from line officer to Deputy Chief Probation Officer. He served as the department’s training coordinator and administrator in charge of management information systems. He has prior experience in the implementation of statewide risk assessment tools in juvenile justice and the advancement of case plan development strategies for youth on probation. In 2000, Mr. Nance was appointed to Deputy Director of Adult Probation Services in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in DuPage County, Illinois. Mr. Nance holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He arrived in San Francisco in 2005 and was appointed as the Assistant Chief Probation Officer in the Juvenile Probation Department. Later that same year, he was temporarily assigned to the interim position of Acting Director in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. In that role, he helped advance concepts of Community Policing, Evidence Based practices in community programs, and the use of video surveillance to enhance public safety in San Francisco neighborhoods. Mr. Nance returned to the SFJPD in 2007. In 2010 he led the implementation of a new program and rehabilitative model for post adjudicated youth at the city’s Log Cabin Ranch School. In 2013, Allen Nance was appointed Chief Juvenile Probation Officer and continues to advance a strong commitment to public safety, the implementation of best practices for youth rehabilitation, community alternatives to detention, and collaborative approaches to strengthen youth, families, and the neighborhoods in which they reside.