Chief Probation Officer David Muhammad will be parting ways with Alameda County even though an internal investigation found no evidence to support allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
Muhammad has been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 14, shortly after a deputy probation officer filed sexual assault charges against him and Alameda County.
The investigation did not substantiate the allegations, according to County Counsel Donna Ziegler.
But Muhammad will leave his post Aug. 3 to "pursue other opportunities," Ziegler said. The county will pay him 14 weeks of his base salary of $177,112.
A $1.5 million lawsuit filed by the woman against Muhammad and the county will continue in court regardless of the county's decision. The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris is still handling the criminal investigation.
The woman returned to work in April.
LaDonna Harris, a retired Alameda County Sheriff commander, will continue to head the probation department until further notice.
"I am glad that the false allegations made against me were proven to be unfounded by an independent investigation," Muhammad said in a media statement. Now that I have been exonerated, due to many factors, I have decided to resign from my position as Chief Probation Officer and move on to exciting new opportunities which will allow me to continue work toward reform in the juvenile and criminal justice system."
He often told young people about his years as a "street thug" in Oakland who sold drugs, witnessed violent crimes and once was arrested -- but never charged -- for attempted murder.
He returned to Oakland as chief probation officer after successful stops in Washington, D.C., and New York, where he was credited with changing the way probation departments dealt with chronic criminals.
Muhammad was one of four finalists out of 38 candidates who applied for the Alameda County position.