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Taxpayers Footing Bill for LA County Chief Probation Officer's 600 Mile Round Trip Commute

Jerry Powers makes $255,000 a year

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Taxpayers are footing the bill for a top Los Angeles County official's more than 600-mile round-trip commute to and from his Northern California home, according to CBS2 investigative reporter David Goldstein.

LA County Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers, who makes $255,000 a year, has headed the largest probation department in the nation for the past 17 months.

Goldstein said every Friday, Powers leaves his Downey office before noon, gets in his $40,000 taxpayer-funded SUV and drives to his family's house in the San Joaquin Valley.

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