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Nevada County Delivers Employee Service Awards

70 employees of Nevada County received their service pins at a ceremony in the Board of Supervisors Chambers. Representing 905 years of service to Nevada County, here are their photos and some stories.

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25 years of service. Photo: YubaNet

25 Years of Service

Todd Herman CDA Planning

Donna R Landi Clerk of the Board

Eugene L Yeoman Public Works – Roads Maintenance

Theresa M Kingsbury Sheriff’s Office – Corrections

Paul P Jacobson Sheriff’s Office – Truckee Corrections

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20 years of service. Photo: YubaNet

20 Years of Service

Marcia L Salter Auditor – Controller’s Office

Jan K Spreier Behavioral Health Department

Jan has worked for 20 years in Behavioral Health and for many years she has assessed, treated or found treatment for community members who have a drug and alcohol problem. She is the very knowledgeable about addiction and treatment. She is very caring about her clients and strongly advocates for them. Persons with addictions are often shunned in the community and are treated like pariahs. Jan is always respectful to her clients and works long hard hours to get them into treatment. She has a lot of knowledge about trauma and how it relates to addiction and she does trauma informed assessments and treatment. Jan also has an incredible memory, she always remembers her clients even years later. Jan not only cares about the community members she serves she is very careful with the budget. She is careful at the end of the year to make sure that we do not overspend on substance abuse detox and treatment. She does an excellent job of triaging her clients when our money gets tight. Jan has a tough job and she continues to come in and smile with other employees and community members. She is a great addition to our team.
– Rebecca Slade, Interim Director, Nevada County Behavioral Health

Judith A Caldwell – Public Health Department

Judy remains much like the character of Alice in Wonderland that she portrayed as a cast member at Disneyland in her earlier working years. Like her Alice character, Judy is wide-eyed and curious, interested in others, and bound and determined to provide the best in health care to Nevada County residents! Judy’s days are varied and you can find her traveling to all parts of county. She is one of only a couple of drivers trained to maneuver the BIG Public Health Mobile Services Van and is able to maneuver around the tight corners to enter the Grass Valley Vets building back parking lot, avoiding hitting the posted signs every time she enters that tight driveway! She drives down winding and curving roads to the Little Town of Washington and up to the San Juan Ridge in rain, snow and wind. Each week Judy travels to the Truckee Clinic and provides client care as the Health Technician during clinic hours. On any given day, you might find Judy working with the Immunization Coordinator, ordering the county supply of immunizations, maintaining required refrigeration storage of vaccines, and recording individual immunization records in the statewide system of CAIR. In addition, she has given thousands of immunizations in her time with Nevada County. Judy knows where things are, how procedures are done and who to check with if she doesn’t know. As someone who has been with the department for 20 years, she is the keeper of Public Health history, and she can list previous Health Officers in chronological order. Judy is clearly passionate about her work. Her caring spirit and exuberant nature make her a valuable part of the public health team!
– Jill Blake, Acting Public Health Director

Donna E Nelson – Sheriff’s Office – Admin Support Services

Donna began her career with Nevada County in 1994 working as an Office Assistant for Social Services. She then promoted to Eligibility Worker. She transferred to the Sheriff’s Office as a “Law Enforcement Office Assistant” in April 1999. She was promoted to the Executive Secretary in 2001 and in 2005 promoted again to an Administrative Assistant. Donna serves as the Admin Assistant directly to Sheriff Keith Royal. She is a remarkable part of our agency and has proven to be a very dedicated employee.
– Keith Royal, Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator

Lori D Sartin – Sheriff’s Office – Corrections

Lori Sartin began her career with the Sheriff’s Office in October 1994 as a Correctional Officer. She served as a Corporal Jail Training Officer from 2001-2005. Lori was our Classification Officer for the last 3 years. The Classification Unit is responsible for keeping records and statistics for the Board of Corrections. In the past 20 years in addition to being a Corporal, Officer Sartin has also served as a Transport Officer. Lori is currently one of our Weaponless Self Defense Instructors since 1999.
– Keith Royal, Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator

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15 years of service. Photo: YubaNet

15 Years of Service

Leslie A Quinterno Auditor – Controller’s Office

Rebecca J Jensen – Behavioral Health Department

As a Health Tech II at the Behavioral Health Department, Becky Jensen has a variety of duties, including the Medical Records chartroom, ordering supplies, Truckee coverage, distributing the mail, front desk and phone coverage, recording statistical data, etc. Becky is good at multi-tasking. Becky’s flexibility to step in at a moment’s notice when staff members are in short supply is a great asset to the Health Tech team. Becky is trusted and deals with confidential client information in a professional way. Congratulations to Becky on 15 years with the County.
– Rebecca Slade, Acting Behavioral Health Director

Julia L Robertson – Behavioral Health Department

Julia has been the “Go to” member of our team. She has shown excellence in so many ways that my head spins. Flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile have been constant for 15 years. Compassion and striving to make sure our clients’ needs are met have always been the forefront in multiple positions: Phone Access Worker, Team Leader, Calworks Therapist, Crisis Worker, Suicide Prevention Trainer, QA authorization staff, Intern Supervisor, Therapist, and Intake Assessment Staff.
– Rebecca Slade, Acting Behavioral Health Director

Judith M Richert – CDA Admin Services

Judy Richert started her County service with the Treasurer/Tax Collector’s office and has spent almost 13 years with the Community Development Agency and has continued her dedication to our customers to this day. Judy was recently promoted and has taken over increasingly responsible fiscal tasks including training our newer staff, a feat that speaks highly of her patience and dedication. CDA values her dedication and knowledge and wish to congratulate her on her 15 years of service.
– Steven DeCamp, Community Development Agency Director

Richard A Haffey – CEO’s Office

I appreciate Rick’s work ethic. There’s a common perception that our managers and executives show up whenever they want and only work 4 hours a day. Rick works 10 to 12 hour days. If you show up at 8:00 you’re likely to see Rick taking a walk. What many don’t realize is that by the time most of us show up, Rick has already been working for three hours.
– Ryan Gruver, Management Analyst II

Rick has well-rounded knowledge and experience of County and City operations, and he brings that experience into the decision making process Rick supports his staff – you know he “has your back” He has good stories to tell from his experience in government.
– Martin Polt, Deputy County Executive Officer

I appreciate that Rick is so dedicated and is always working hard on behalf of the County and its citizens. We can always count on him to have the County’s best interests at heart.
– Janiene Lynch, Administrative Assistant

I appreciate the terrific leadership Rick provides and that he is always focused on doing what is the very best for the county.
– Mary Jo Castruccio, Risk Manager

I admire his ability to build consensus in diverse groups to accomplish goals.
– Pam Raymond, Administrative Analyst II

I appreciate his straight forward, no nonsense approach. His wealth of knowledge and business acumen is something to aspire to.
– Elise Strickler, Acting Management Analyst

Rick leads with intent and promotes a culture of excellence that inspires action. He is honest, fair, candid and forthright and does not shy away from controversy. There is no question that Nevada County is better off under his leadership.
– Alison Lehman, Assistant County Executive Officer

Johanna S Garcia Child Support Services

Josie Ness started her career with the County right out of high school at age 19 as a temp office assistance. A year later (August 1999) she started full time. She was a small town girl from Camptonville but she did go to high school at Nevada Union where expanded her learning from the depths of Sierra and Yuba County to the metropolis of Nevada City. Of course, recognizing her small town talents, she was stationed for a couple of years in the far out Sierra County outpost at Downieville. We had to bring her back however, and she promised to earn her keep in the big city. Since she started with child support she has pretty much worked every job possible. In fact she is still trying to find out what she is good at. She was an office assistant, legal secretary, caseworker, lead caseworker, supervisor and now the Program Manager. Along the way she got married, became Josie Garcia, had a child, came back to work, survived multiple computer and technology changes, multiple directors (four and counting). Her favorite part of the job has always been knowing that we have the opportunity to have an impact on the life of a child and to assist raise a child from poverty to have a successful outcome by providing a helping hand to single parents. Josie has helped oversee the transitions from paper and adding machines and manual processes to becoming a streamlined, automated and paperless smooth running department. Josie says: “I’m happy to say that I work for a department that values and grows its employees by offering them opportunities to learn and do more and allowing for the trial and error that supports innovation.” In fact she was part of the Innovation Academy and loved the progress that Nevada County made as a whole. She looks forward to 15+ more years in child support and having a positive impact on our families, expanding her own knowledge and sharing her expertise with others.
– Tex Ritter, Director Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services

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15 years of service Photo: YubaNet

Elizabeth A Larsen – Child Support Services

Liz started as a temp in the Public Defender’s office in the spring of 1999. But it wasn’t too long before we poached her for Child Support Services as an Office Assistant. Way back then, child support was upstairs at the Rood Center. It was a maze of tight alleys, squeezed between cubicle walls. You would hear “excuse me, I’m sorry, excuse me” all day, all over the office. Actually, Josie and Liz worked in the dreary little Reception room together for a while, but it was fun. They had little technology, no intercom so if a customer came in & the caseworker didn’t pick up the call, they would have to run through the maze to their desk – or if not at their desk to the file room – file room? – not in the file room. Break? It was often a challenge. Now that we have an intercom, but we no longer have desks or a file room, so it is much easier to find someone. Liz was recruited to be an “acting-as” Family Support Officer the next year to fill in a gap, and wound up as a caseworker for the next 6 years. Then recognizing her talent (or at least the one she demonstrates at work—she is also a singer and actor) she was moved into Accounting in 2006, where she feel the most at home and succeeds the best. Liz enjoys her job, even with the big changes over the past couple of years. She has a variety of duties which keeps her on her toes. Liz states: “I feel very lucky to work with so many people who are truly a pleasure to be around.” Liz started as a temp in the Public Defender’s office in the spring of 1999. But it wasn’t too long before we poached her for Child Support Services as an Office Assistant. Way back then, child support was upstairs at the Rood Center. It was a maze of tight alleys, squeezed between cubicle walls. You would hear “excuse me, I’m sorry, excuse me” all day, all over the office. Actually, Josie and Liz worked in the dreary little Reception room together for a while, but it was fun. They had little technology, no intercom so if a customer came in & the caseworker didn’t pick up the call, they would have to run through the maze to their desk – or if not at their desk to the file room – file room? – not in the file room. Break? It was often a challenge. Now that we have an intercom, but we no longer have desks or a file room, so it is much easier to find someone. Liz was recruited to be an “acting-as” Family Support Officer the next year to fill in a gap, and wound up as a caseworker for the next 6 years. Then recognizing her talent (or at least the one she demonstrates at work—she is also a singer and actor) she was moved into Accounting in 2006, where she feel the most at home and succeeds the best. Liz enjoys her job, even with the big changes over the past couple of years. She has a variety of duties which keeps her on her toes. Liz states: “I feel very lucky to work with so many people who are truly a pleasure to be around.”
– Tex Ritter, Director Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services

Christine E Daggett – Child Support Services – Collections

Chris started working for the Nevada County Collections Department in 1999. Chris is proud of the fact that since she was hired, Collections has brought in more revenue with 2 employees than it did with 5 employees in the late 90’s. She loves the fact that this office is never boring, there is always something that needs to be done and a list waiting for her. Chris truly loves her job. Chris has lived through paper and more paper and is now challenged to embrace no paper. There’s no future in paper and in the future there is no paper says her director. Chris embraces new technology and works with it to practice her craft and develop her skills. Collections seems the long lost stepchild of Nevada County; at least up until 2008 when Child Support Services took over. Chris loved the participation and enthusiasm she was greeted with when Child Support took an interest in Collections. Chris appreciates the staff and the great bunch of people who see to it that she is provided with whatever she needs, and that includes great knowledge. Chris states: “We are well taken care of.” Chris is grateful to work for Nevada County. She worked in the restaurant business for 21 years prior to working for the county. She appreciates all the things that go with working with the nice people she has come across at the County.
– Tex Ritter, Director Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services

Vickie D Victor – Department of Social Services

Vickie Victor is an Executive Secretary for the Department of Social Services. She started with the County on County January 4th, 1999. She has worked with Social Services for 14 years, first as an Office Assistant II, then as an Executive secretary for the past 10 years. Like many County employees, she started in another department. She was a Secretary at the Madelyn Helling Library and a Office Assistant III at information Services for a total of two years prior to settling in with Social Services. In her time as an Executive Secretary, she has weathered many leadership changes in the Department and became a touchstone of process and institutional knowledge for the new directors to lean on. Her value to the Department is beyond measurement… and beyond any words can truly describe.
– Mike Dent, Director of Social Services

Renee L Asmus – Department of Social Services

Deborah B Stanio – Department of Social Services

Oliver O Pong – District Attorney’s Office

Oliver has been a valuable asset to the District Attorney’s office for the last 15 years. Mr. Pong was hired in August 1999. He was a misdemeanor deputy DA for several years handling DUI, domestic violence, drugs, and assorted thefts and misdemeanor burglaries. As part of these duties he conducted numerous jury trials with favorable results. Mr. Pong was promoted to felony deputy in 2006 and assigned to felony narcotics, including Prop 36 rehabilitation court. Mr. Pong was chosen as and awarded the Narcotics Deputy DA of the Year 2007-2008. Mr. Pong rotated out in 2010 to handle the juvenile court case load. He then rotated back into general felony case load in 2011. Mr. Pong presently handles narcotics as well as a juvenile case load, including school attendance mediation and truancy court. This office looks forward to many more years of Mr. Pong’s service and applauds his last 15 years of dedication.
– Cliff Newell, District Attorney

Tami M Martinson – Human Resources Department

Tami began her County service in April of 1999 as a Court Services Assistant with the Superior Court (when the Court was still a Department of the County). Her excellent customer service skills were noticed quickly, as the County Personnel Department “stole” her just six months later and made her a Personnel Assistant. Tami has served in what is now Human Resources ever since, having been promoted to Personnel Technician, Management Technician and her current Senior Management Technician position. In 2000 Tami was recognized as the “Dedicated Employee of the Year” by the County and she has remained dedicated throughout her career. She is also versatile in that she has varied assignments in Recruitment and Selection, Benefits Administration, and with a touch of irony, is responsible for administering the Service Award program. Congratulations for 15 Years of Service!
– Charlie Wilson, Director of Human Resources

Polly A Paulus – Human Resources Department

Polly started with Nevada County as a temporary Accounting Assistant in May of 1999, and the Auditor – Controller’s office was so impressed with her work, they made her a permanent employee five months later! She was promoted to the Accounting Assistant II role in August of 2000, and her excellent work performance was noticed as Polly was promoted to Personnel Assistant (in what was to become Human Resources) in April of 2001. Polly continued to move through the ranks by becoming a Personnel Technician, a Management Technician and then a Senior Management Technician. She is recognized for her caring approach and received the 2011 Safety Award in the County-wide recognition program for demonstrating superior safety skills. Polly, congratulations for your 15 Years of Service!
– Charlie Wilson, Director of Human Resources

Stephen T Monaghan – Information & General Services

Teri A Rinne – Library Branch 3 – Truckee

Lynn M Slay – Probation Department – Juvenile Hall

Cook Lynn Slay actually began her journey at juvenile back in 1999, as an intern while attending Sierra College. She later became a Group Supervisor, then Group Supervisor II, and eventually promoted to Senior Group Supervisor in 2005. She has rounded out her career experience and is currently the head Cook. Now Lynn can truly say that she has done it all at the hall! Lynn has demonstrated tremendous dedication to the Probation Department. She routinely facilitates the Serve Safe Food Handlers training for all of our staff. This training limits the amount of liability to staff and the facility by teaching Group Supervisors proper food handling techniques. She has also continued to develop a culinary program that allows the youth assigned to the kitchen to learn the basics and leave the Juvenile Hall trained and certified in safe food handling. The program that she has developed in our kitchen and garden is highly successful and the youth in our facility work extremely hard to have the chance to interview for the kitchen assignment. Lynn uses the kitchen as a platform to teach, mentor, and at times, counsel youth. She treats the youth with respect and empathy. Moreover, she holds them accountable to the responsibilities and work ethic that comes with the kitchen assignment. Cook Slay is always willing to go the extra mile when it comes to her job. Thank you Lynn, for 15 years of excellent work.
– Michael Ertola, Chief Probation Officer

Debra L Pierson Public Health Department

Debbie Pierson (previously Debbie Stumpf) has worked for the County for 15 years. In May 1999, she began her tenure here as the Secretary to the Director of Public Health Nursing and the nursing staff. Being an adventurous soul, she didn’t stay put. Over the years Debbie has worked as an Administrative Assistant II in the Contracts Unit of the Health and Human Services Agency, as a Health Tech II in the Behavioral Health Department, and in 2014 she returned “home” to the Public Health Department where she works as a Heath Tech II under the umbrella of Children’s Medical Services. Debbie has been described as a go-to person who gets the job done! She is serious about her work, but she tries not to take herself too seriously. She is known for her humor, which can be tongue-in-cheek, and with her humor, she can soften even the most tense situations. Debbie is one of Crown Point’s most regular walkers. With her colleague Lisa, she walks the one mile loop at least twice a day, rain or shine, and by doing so she inspires others to stay active as well!
– Jill Blake, Acting Public Health Director

Debra L Wilson – Public Health Department

Debra Wilson began working for the County’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program in 1997 as a temporary hire, and became a regular employee in 1999. Deb, who is a Registered Dietician and has a Master of Public Health degree, worked for WIC as the Nutritionist, and in 2014 was promoted to Senior Nutritionist. In her new role, Deb serves as the Supervisor and Coordinator of the entire WIC program. Deb is a terrific fantastic WIC ambassador. She provides excellent customer service and she demonstrates a great deal of care for her clientele. She is a fantastic speaker and is highly knowledgeable about the program, nutrition, breastfeeding and health in general. In speaking with her colleagues, it was agreed that one reason she is such a great promoter of the program and of health in general is because she remains curious and is always seeking out new knowledge. She will be a lifelong learner and hopefully a lifelong educator! Deb is the mother of two lovely, active children – Ashley and Drew – and she is a survivor of breast cancer. In fact, this year marks 12 years of being cancer-free! She continues to be an advocate of and support to others who also receive a cancer diagnosis. Her compassion, tirelessness, creativity and excellent cooking skills come in handy both in her job and in her support of others. Lastly, it should be noted that Deb has a remarkable talent for perfectly matching earrings to any outfit.
– Jill Blake, Acting Public Health Director

Charlie Z Cain- Public Works – Roads Maintenance

Michael E Coughlan- Public Works – Roads Maintenance

Pamela J Raymond – Risk Management

ANALYST EXTRAORDINARE!!! Pam’s long history with the County has given her a depth of experience in many areas, such as, fiscal processes, budgets, grant funding, annual state reporting, contract negotiations, insurance and training requirements, to name just a few. She understands what is necessary to get the job done. Her background and sophisticated technological skills have been such an important asset for us coming into Risk Management. She easily maneuvers through a variety of software applications and system interfaces and enjoys it! Aside from all her fantastic skills, she has a great sense of humor that always has me chuckling, she loves to ride horses, as do I. What else can I say, she has been a great partner to work with, and a lot of fun to be with on top of it.
– Mary Jo Castruccio, Risk Manager

Ward D Beavers Sheriff’s Office – Corrections

Ward Beavers is one of our Wayne Brown Correctional Facility Correctional Officers. He began his career with the NCSO in July of 1999. Officer Beavers has built an incredible rapport with his fellow co-workers and works well in all his posted positions. For the last 5 years Ward has been a Weaponless Self Defense Instructor. He has also served on our CERT (Custody Emergency Response Team) Team for 8 years. Officer Beavers is an asset to any shift he works on.
– Keith Royal, Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator

Phillip W Carpenter – Sheriff’s Office – Operations

Deputy Phillip Carpenter started out his career with the NCSO as a Correctional Officer in November of 1999. In 2002 he became one of our Agency Sponsored Deputy Trainees and upon successfully completing the Academy in November that year he was promoted to Deputy Sheriff. From 2009-2013 Phillip was transferred to our Court Security Division. Currently he is one of our Patrol Officers. Deputy Carpenter is also a member of our CINT Team (Critical Incident Negotiating Team) and is one of our Range Masters.
– Keith Royal, Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator

Jeffrey A Pettitt Sheriff’s Office – Operations

Daniel J Saunders Sheriff’s Office – Operations

Dan Saunders began his Law Enforcement career in 1998 with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. He came to the NCSO in April 1999. He promoted to Corporal as one of our Field Training Officers in 2004 and served in that assignment for 2 ½ years. Then in 2006 he was transferred into the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) to become a Detective. The next year he earned his promotion to Sergeant. Sgt. Sanders has also served on our SED Team (Special Enforcement Detail) and is currently one of our Range Masters. Dan oversees the investigations in our Major Crimes Unit.
– Keith Royal, Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator

Cynthia A Gregersen Sheriff’s Office – Truckee Corrections

Cynthia Gregersen is one of our Truckee Correctional Officers who began her career as an Entry Level I Correctional Officer in October of 1999. She promoted to the next Level in February 2001. Cynthia is very dependable and always brings a positive attitude to work.
– Keith Royal, Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator

Georgeana R Pilcher – Treasurer – Tax Collector’s Office

Georgeana has been with the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector for 15 years. Georgeana is the comic relief in the office and there is never a day she doesn’t get everyone laughing. She is quick witted and quick minded, and is an employee who is willing to step in and help with any task. She has exceptional work ethic and customer service skills and always makes sure that the public comes first. Georgeana is a fair and balanced manager who is respected not only by the staff that she supervises but her managers alike. Georgeana holds motivational leadership qualities that empower others to do better and work hard. She has been a pleasure to work with and is a true asset to the office and to the County of Nevada. Thank you for your service!
– Tina Vernon, Treasurer & Tax Collector

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10 years of service. Photo: YubaNet

10 Years of Service

Sandra M Copher – Assessor’s Office

Rebecca A Carter – Behavioral Health Department

Janie M Mckenzie – Behavioral Health Department

Steven L Decamp – Community Development Agency

Julie A Patterson Hunter – Clerk of the Board

Michelle L Bodley – Health & Human Services Agency – Admin

Darlene M Woo – Probation Department

David W Greist – Probation Department – Juvenile Hall

Edward W Peevey – Probation Department- Juvenile Hall

Kathlee Martin – Public Health Department

Tony Ciafardoni – Public Works – Wastewater

Robert H Lisher – Public Works – Wastewater

Lawrence M Walsh – Sheriff Office – Admin Support Services

Bruce W Baggett – Sheriff’s Office – Animal Control

William C Bierwirth – Sheriff’s Office – Corrections

Donald P Harner – Sheriff’s Office – Corrections

Michael J Schnitzius – Sheriff’s Office – Corrections

Justin P Martin – Sheriff’s Office – Operations

Michael W Zachary – Sheriff’s Office – Operations

Kimberley A Nuner – Treasurer – Tax Collector’s Office

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5 years of service Photo: YubaNet

5 Years of Service

Aubrey L Eubanks – Behavioral Health Department

Tex Ritter – Child Support Services

Edward C Scofield – Clerk Of The Board

Scott A Mcleran – County Counsel’s Office

Judith H Prosser – Department Of Social Services

Robin N Tamietti – Probation Department

Rebecca J Giammona – Public Health Department

Ann J Jacobson – Public Health Department

Stefanie Geckler – Sheriff’s Office – Animal Control

Heaven L Steen – Sheriff’s Office – Corrections

Jason R Clinkinbeard – Sheriff’s Office – Operations

Gregory J Paden – Treasurer – Tax Collector’s Office

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