REDWOOD CITY -- The deputy chief of the Alameda County Probation Department has been named San Mateo County's chief probation officer, filling a role that has been in flux since the former chief stepped down amid a child pornography scandal.

John T. Keene Jr. will begin his new job on June 10, according to an announcement by Robert Foiles, chief presiding judge of the San Mateo County Superior Court. The position has been filled by an interim chief since the December resignation of Stuart Forrest, who pleaded not guilty earlier this month to two felony counts of possessing child pornography.

Keene has worked in the Alameda County Probation Department since 1998, according to the announcement. Before that he served as a police officer and investigator in Louisiana. He also holds a law degree.

"Chief Keene brings a wealth of experience to San Mateo County," Foiles said in a statement.

Keene will oversee a department with a budget of $75 million. His salary will be $170,456 in addition to an automobile allowance of roughly $12,000.

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