County News 2013

 

 

County Seeks Residents to Fill Vacancies On Boards, Commissions, and Special Districts
September 11, 2013
County Seeks Residents to Fill Vacancies On Boards, Commissions, and Special Districts

Tulare County residents who want to get more involved in public policy can do so by filling vacancies on various boards, commissions, and special districts.

From agriculture and health care to air pollution and assessment appeals, there are 51 vacancies available on more than 20 boards, commissions, and special districts.

Tulare County Chief Clerk of the Board Michelle Baldwin said there are several vacancies that have been historically tough to fill due to the specific qualifications that certain positions require. The Clerk of the Board Office is charged with accepting and processing applications for appointment.

“All vacancies represent a great opportunity for people to get involved in public policy and their community,” Baldwin said. “However, some have been tougher to fill because of the expertise needed.”

Tulare County & Local Partners Offer Suicide Prevention Education
September 6, 2013
Tulare County & Local Partners Offer Suicide Prevention Education

Suicide Prevention Week for 2013 is September 8 through 14 and the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, along with local partners, want residents to know about prevention resources.

California rates 44th in the nation in its rate of suicide deaths, but has a higher number of suicide deaths than any other state. Nationally, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death with one suicide occurring, on average, every 14.2 minutes. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds. The elderly make up 12.9% of the population, but comprise 15.9% of all suicides. Additionally, approximately 38,364 Americans died by suicide in 2010, leaving behind friends, family members, or loved ones who are deeply impacted by those suicide deaths.

Tulare County Hires Assistant County Administrative Officer
August 13, 2013
Tulare County Hires Assistant County Administrative Officer

Longtime City of Hanford administrator Mary Lindsay has been hired as the Assistant County Administrative Officer in Tulare County. Lindsay started August 12.

“We are pleased to bring someone into the Tulare County family with decades of public service expertise,” said Jean Rousseau, County Administrative Officer. “Mary will be a valuable asset to our organization for years to come.”

Prior to her new position with Tulare County, Lindsay worked in various roles during her 26-year-career with the City of Hanford. Lindsay started with the City of Hanford in 1987 as a personnel technician, and then was promoted to personnel analyst and senior administrative analyst. Most recently, she served as Deputy City Manager in Hanford from 1996 to 2012.

Supervisors Appoint Interim Human Resources Director
July 31, 2013
Supervisors Appoint Interim Human Resources Director

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today it appointed Rhonda Sjostrom as interim human resources director following the July 19 resignation of previous director Jeff Cardell.

Cardell, who served as the Tulare County human resources director since June 2011, has taken a position as director of the City of Fresno’s personnel services department.

Sjostrom, who has served as the county’s assistant human resources director since 2009, has been with Tulare County since 1987. Sjostrom has held management positions in the County Administrative Office and Human Resources. From December 2010 to June 2011, Sjostrom served as interim director following the retirement of former human resources director Tim Huntley.

Tom Tucker Appointed as Tulare County Assistant Ag Commissioner
July 16, 2013
Tom Tucker Appointed as Tulare County Assistant Ag Commissioner

Tom Tucker has been appointed to the position of Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer Marilyn Kinoshita announced today.

Tucker, who will assume his new position immediately, has served as Interim Assistant Agricultural Commissioner for the past seven months.

“In a relatively short time, Tom has proven himself to be extremely capable,” Kinoshita said. “Tulare County will benefit from his attention to detail as we remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the individuals, businesses and agricultural community of Tulare County. We congratulate Tom and are confident that he will serve our Ag industry and the public with dedication and the highest level of professional competency.”

Outreach Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Environmental Health Fees
June 28, 2013
Outreach Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Environmental Health Fees

In an effort to promote transparency, accountability, and good governance, the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency is offering open forums countywide to discuss Environmental Health permit fees and inspection experiences.

The permit fees are generally geared towards event organizers; non-profit event coordinators; caterers; restaurant owners; mobile food vendors; temporary food vendors; and businesses.

The goal of these meetings is for vendors, organizers, and community leaders to share their views and participate in an on-going process of designing a fee structure that works for Tulare County and complements the permits required by the California Health & Safety Code.

Supervisors Approve Salary Increase Proposal for Unrepresented Employees
June 25, 2013
Supervisors Approve Salary Increase Proposal for Unrepresented Employees

Tulare County employees in unrepresented bargaining groups will receive salary increases starting in July, the Board of Supervisors announced today.

A $1.7 million salary increase proposal for Tulare County’s employees in unrepresented bargaining groups was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors during today’s meeting.

The last time similar salary adjustments were granted was December 2008. Of the $1.7 million included in the salary increase proposal, $530,000 would be spent from the General Fund.

There are 540 employees in unrepresented bargaining groups, which include the Board of Supervisors, county elected officials, confidential clerical workers, professionals, mid-management, executive management/department heads, probation management, and assistant department heads.

Board of Supervisors to Consider Salary Increase Proposal
June 20, 2013
Board of Supervisors to Consider Salary Increase Proposal

A $1.7 million salary increase proposal for Tulare County’s employees in unrepresented bargaining groups will be brought before the Board of Supervisors for consideration at its June 25 meeting.

The last time similar salary adjustments were granted was December 2008. Of the $1.7 million included in the salary increase proposal, $530,000 would be spent from the General Fund.

There are 540 employees in unrepresented bargaining groups, which include the Board of Supervisors, county elected officials, confidential clerical workers, professionals, mid-management, executive management/department heads, probation management, and assistant department heads.

Important Dates for Upcoming Special Election
June 13, 2013
Important Dates for Upcoming Special Election

Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, is reminding all Tulare County residents that a Special General Election for State Senate District 16 will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

• The last day to register to vote for this election is Monday, July 8, 2013.

Low Water Levels Prompt Kings River Closure to Motorized Vessels
May 8, 2013
Low Water Levels Prompt Kings River Closure to Motorized Vessels

Tulare County’s General Services and Sheriff’s Departments announced today that the Kings River in Tulare County is closed to motorized vessels, such as boats and jet skis, until water levels and rates increase.

Tulare County Parks Manager Neil Pilegard said motorized vessels should not be used in the Kings River until water flows reach 400 cubic feet per second. As of today, water is flowing at a rate between 30- and 50 cubic-feet per-second.

“Operating motorized vehicles in the Kings River with low water levels and rates is dangerous,” Pilegard said. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”