Rumbaugh to Lead Nebraska’s Juvenile Services Division

Rumbaugh to Lead Nebraska’s Juvenile Services Division

Kari Rumbaugh has been selected as Deputy Probation Administrator of the Nebraska Judicial Branch Juvenile Probation Services Division beginning October 16, 2023.

Rumbaugh noted that she is honored to receive the promotion to Deputy Administrator saying, “I look forward to continuing my leadership and dedication to the probation system as I truly believe in the impact probation has on long-term behavior change and strengthening communities.” 

In her most recent role as Assistant Deputy Administrator, Rumbaugh led the implementation of statewide juvenile justice reform efforts by establishing goals and accomplishing outcomes focused on best practices. Additionally, she co-led the Advanced Coaching for Excellence (AC4E) initiative, intending to enhance case management skills essential to evidence-based practices.

Rumbaugh began her probation career as a Lancaster County juvenile probation officer in November 2000, and has received multiple awards recognizing her work throughout her employment with the administrative office. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in addition to receiving certificates focused on juvenile justice.

“I look forward to continuing my passion for serving youth and families by focusing on implementation of best practice youth development approaches supported by research,” remarked Rumbaugh.  

The Juvenile Probation Services Division is responsible for statewide administration of juvenile intake, investigations, supervision, and services for youth and families impacting community safety, habilitation, and behavior change. 

Rumbaugh replaces Jeanne Brandner who most recently served in the position.