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YuCount Community Newsletter JULY 2018

Post Date:07/02/2018 5:00 PM

Every year, the Sunrise Optimist Club of Yuma hosts a “Respect for Law” appreciation breakfast and invites a number of local agencies to recognize an officer, special agent, or first responder from their organization who have gone above and beyond in the course of their duties.  The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Yuma County Juvenile Court, and Yuma County Adult Probation Department were all recognized this past week and the honorees received appreciation certificates and thank you letters from local elementary school students. 

Adult Probation selected Probation Supervisor Lucia Rodriguez as this year’s honoree for this special recognition.  On Wednesday morning, May 30, 2018, Chief Probation Officer Sandi Hoppough addressed this year’s group of attendees and honorees at the Yuma Landing to highlight Supervisor Rodriguez and her achievements.  Lucia’s dedication to working with probationers and assisting them through the tough behavior changes and the cognitive restructuring that is needed to successfully exit probation supervision led to her promotion from officer to supervisor in 2016.  As a supervisor, Lucia has demonstrated the same commitment to her staff as she had done with her probationers. 

Recently, Lucia was transferred into the Drug Court Coordinator position, taking on one of the more complex supervisor positions within the department.  This new assignment involves not only managing officer staff, but also coordinating a program that oversees more than one hundred high-risk drug offenders and incorporates a team of people ranging from probation officers, attorneys and Judges, to treatment and support staff personnel.  

Earlier this year, Lucia was nominated and selected as the Adult Probation Department’s Supervisor of the Year and she was subsequently selected as the department’s nominee for Yuma County’s Employee of the Year.  Her continued commitment to success at Adult Probation and the staff she supervises made her a logical choice for the Sunrise Optimist “Respect for Law” honoree for Adult Probation. 
Great Job Lucia!
Who would have thought that our County employees who work on County streets need to be trained as certified miners?  Yes, certified miners! 

Take a look at this County Line to view why Yuma County Public Works employees need to be certified.
Yuma County Elections has received new equipment for the August 28 upcoming election.
We will be using new poll books, printers, tabulators, voting touch screens and new central counters.

Check out this report and you'll see when you can actually come to our special open house to view and ask questions about this equipment!
When the Judge tells you that you are on probation, what does that mean? What do you do?

Probation is a suspended state prison or county jail sentence. So, instead of doing time in custody, you have been given an opportunity to go back to your community provided you follow some specific conditions. All probation sentences are different; however, there are some standard conditions that apply to most if not all persons placed on probation. 

Check out our special report on the Yuma County Adult Probation Department and you'll understand by Probation Works in Yuma County!

Already recognized as the juvenile court's Probation Officer of the Year for 2017, Amy Fischer was honored again on May 30 during a breakfast meeting of the Sunrise Optimist Club of Yuma.  Present to see her receive the award were her supervisors, Imelda Arellano, and her parents.

The Optimists have been giving out awards each year since 1965 as part of their Respect for Law Day, a national observance sponsored by Optimist International to honor law enforcement officers and firefighters. 
The award is given for "exhibiting individual respect for law and for fulfilling personal obligations to fellow citizens and to the community," and is intended to inspire respect for the law among the youth.

Amy had been with the department for more than 20 years before her retirement on April 27.

Over the course of nine years, Amy played a large role in helping to develop the juvenile drug court program into the best in the state.  Near the end of her career, she worked with the sex offender treatment team, she  was probation officer and instructor with a life skills-based probation program, was an evidence custodian and brought the fingerprinting program into compliance. 

Imelda Arrellano presented Amy to the group in attendance, including the reading of a letter from the grateful mother of a probationer.  She noted that Amy could always be counted upon to do whatever was needed, without complaint, to keep the department running smoothly.  We are glad to have worked with her.

In August 2018, the Yuma Main Library, in collaboration with local small business consultant and digital marketing expert Vanessa Castillo, will host a Summer Business Series at the Main Library. Aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, and students are invited to attend workshops focusing on marketing and social media.

There is no charge to attend; however, registration is required. Call (928) 373-6480 or e-mail Vanessa Castillo to register.

Wednesday, August 8 • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Instagram for Business
Learn how to become an Instagram leader, crush your competitors, dominate Instagram marketing, and create a fan base or community.

Thursday, August 16 • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Facebook Ads & Analytics
Learn how to create Facebook ads for different purposes and how to read analytics to better understand your online performance.

Thursday, August 23 • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Email Marketing & Blogging
Join us for an overview of email marketing and learn how to incorporate blogging into your marketing strategy.

The Main Library is located at 2951 S 21st Drive, Yuma, AZ

JULY 2018

Deanna Moser, Library Assistant II (Wellton), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for July 2018. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Deanna received a mounted certificate, a nameplate, the book of her choice, and an Employee of the Month pin, and her photo will be hung at the Wellton Branch Library during the month of July.

Congratulations Deanna!


On August 7, 1961, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors gave notice by publication in the Official County Newspaper, The Yuma County Farmer, calling for a Special Election be held on Tuesday, September 12, 1961.  On July 25, 1961, the Superintendent of Schools officially notified the Board of Supervisors that petitions had been filed with the state asking for the organization of a Junior College District in Yuma County. 
The Arizona State Board of Directors for Junior Colleges met and approved the request deeming that the petitions had met the minimum requirements. On September 18, 1961, the Board of Supervisors, canvassed the election results and adopted a resolution establishing said Junior College District by a vote of 3,677 Ayes and 175 Nays by the qualified voters.  On November 10, 1961, the Board directed the Planning Director (City-County) to apply to the Bureau of Reclamation for federally owned land located east of Araby Road for the proposed college, with the land to be dedicated to the State Board of Junior Colleges.  In 1963 a public community college was established and Arizona Western College (AWC) came into existence. Board members were: Otis Shipp (Chairman), Robert K. Nissen, and Jim Fuquay.

Submitted by:
Ginger Hamilton
Yuma County Administration

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