Prior to his appointment as Chief PO for the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department, Mr. Siffermann served as Deputy Director of Probation and Court Services for Cook County Juvenile Probation Department in Chicago where he led a department with over 500 employees and an annual budget of $47 million.
From 1986 to 1995, as Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Mr. Siffermann was responsible for developing and managing the state's first Juvenile Intensive Probation Supervision Program, the state's first Juvenile Intensive Drug Program and the Home Confinement Program.
Mr. Siffermann has presented numerous workshops on Juvenile Justice issues for the Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention, the National Juvenile Detention Association, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He was a charter partner of the Illinois Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, where he was a key leader in statewide detention reform. Bill has authored numerous innovative policies, procedures and programs.
Under the leadership of Chief Probation Officer Siffermann, the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department (JPD) locates, develops, and administers programs for the assessment, education, treatment, appropriate rehabilitation and effective supervision of youth under the jurisdiction of the Department. His mission is to incorporate the use of detention alternatives and principles of balanced and restorative justice into the Department's daily operation. The restoration of the juvenile offenders and the public's trust in San Francisco's Juvenile Justice System is the Department's primary objective.
Bill holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Loyola University and a Masters Degree in Social Justice from Lewis University.