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YuCount Community Newsletter AUGUST 2019

Post Date:08/01/2019 2:00 PM
In the past, Yuma County Sheriff's Cadets would travel out of town for law enforcement certification.  This year they were certified locally due to a partnership program with the cooperation of local agencies.  Beginning in March and lasting 18 weeks you can see how proud the cadets are in this video while they graduate from the FIRST academy in Yuma County!!

For more information regarding the academy, you can contact Alfonso Zavala, Training Supervisor/PIO.

School is almost in session in Yuma County!  You might want to check your children's immunization records.  If it needs updating you might want to check out this video about how to easily get those immunizations!! 
Over the years, Yuma County roads deteriorate and get damaged with the rain and the hot weather. This summer, Public Works has been maintaining and working on a number of county roads, it is their goal to keep them in good condition for everyone.

To find out what roads will be closed for maintenance you can visit the Yuma County website.
GIS is a framework to collect, store, edit, analyze, and manipulate data that is later viewed in maps and 3d screens.  This system is used by at least twelve Yuma County departments and the general public to do property researches.

You can learn more about GIS by visiting the Yuma County website.

The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA), announced four outstanding recipients of its 2019 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award. Non-elected public servants honored this year are Deputy County Attorney and Northwest Bureau Chief for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Gina Godbehere Esq., City of Phoenix Director of Aviation James (Jim) Bennett, A.A.E., Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center Director Tim Hardy, and City of Tempe Sustainability Director Dr. Braden Kay.

On January 8, 2011, Gabe Zimmerman – Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ community outreach director – gave his life while serving the citizens of Arizona. In honor of his memory, CFA presents special awards each year to non-elected public servants to recognize their contributions to Arizona communities.

“Public servants work for the common good and demonstrate a true spirit of service to fellow Arizonans,” said Sybil Francis, CFA President & CEO,Center for the Future of Arizona.
“We celebrate the achievements of this year’s recipients who carry on the legacy of Gabe Zimmerman through their outstanding leadership and commitment to improving civic health in communities throughout our state.”

Hardy was awarded a Community Builder Award for his commitment to improving civic health and community connections for Yuma County. The criteria for the award lists job creation and training, advancing healthy communities, environmental and historic preservation, volunteerism and philanthropy, and educational advancement.

Tim Hardy has been the Director of the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center for the last 22 years, with the responsibility of administering 10 separate divisions, including a charter high school. As the director, Tim oversees a $10-million annual budget for the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center, which employs 137 employees and numerous volunteers.  He is also responsible for a 68-bed juvenile detention facility.

During his employment with the Juvenile Court Center, Tim has participated in several committees, including the Statewide Risk Need Committee, Detention Standards Committee, the Detention Curriculum Sub-Committee and several statewide budget committees. He is a member of the Committee on Judicial Education and is past Chairman of the Committee of Probation Education and the Committee on Probation. Tim is also a past President of the Arizona Chief Probation Officers Association and is currently President-Elect for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). He will become President of APPA in August of 2019.

Tim is currently the Chairman of Kids at Hope Yuma Chapter, which is the first and only Chapter of National Kids at Hope. Kids at Hope Yuma was started in May 2014, with the simple belief that “All children are capable of success, no exceptions”. Since this time, training for Kids at Hope has been delivered to 36 Yuma area schools and multiple agencies. The goal is to make Yuma Kids at Hope Community.
Like a virus, fake news catches on erratically, intensely, and swiftly, and can leave the American public feeling dazed and confused. How can media producers and consumers cure the spread of this false-information outbreak? How can we protect ourselves and maintain a healthy dose of democratic discourse and debate?
On Saturday, August 10th, Gail Rhodes, adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, presents “The Spread of Fake News: Is there a vaccine for that?” at 10:00 a.m. at the Main Library. Learn about the standard practices of journalism, and how to become a savvy news consumer. Join us for a FRANK Talk on how to find the right prescription for healthy media consumption.

Gail Rhodes is a PhD student and an adjunct professor at the Cronkite School with more than 16 years of professional experience working as a television reporter. She worked for the Fox Sports Network in Chicago and helped to launch the Comcast Sports Network. Rhodes has been an adjunct professor for Cronkite since 2014, where she teaches advanced television sports reporting, and advanced topics in sports media. Her doctoral studies focus on the intersection of sports culture, media and society.

The Main Library is located at 2951 S 21st Drive. For more information, call (928) 782-1871.

FRANK Talks are free, thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussions on important issues facing our communities produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records. For more information call 602-257-0335 Ext 26 or visit

Sarah Wisdom
Yuma County Library District

Angela Moreno, Treasurer of Yuma County, recently attended the Annual Meeting of the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers (NACCTFO) in Clark County, NV on July 10th and 11th, 2019. The meeting includes continuing education courses in policy and management offered by the Graduate Program in Public Administration at Wayne State University, previously offered through the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

“As a County Treasurer I have found that it is exceptionally important to continue my education,” explains Moreno. “Practices are always changing and new ways of serving the public are being developed. The knowledge benefits Yuma County, but also serves me well working within my professional committees.”

On top of serving Yuma County as the Treasurer, Moreno is a State Director of NACCTFO and serves on the Education Committee. She also serves on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Environment, Energy & Land Use (EELU) Steering Committee. She is the Past President of the Arizona County Treasurer’s Association.

“County collectors, treasurers, and finance officers must constantly upgrade practices in their offices in order to best serve the needs of the public,” said Kyu-Nahm Jun, Director of the Public Administration at Wayne State. “The certification program provides the opportunity to learn from nationally-recognized faculty, and to share information with colleagues from across the nation. This prepares them to serve the public more effectively.”

Session topics included talent retention, revenue recovery, and trends in county government organization. Participants also engaged in an information sharing session where they shared best practices with their peers.

“By participating in the program, Moreno reflected her desire to keep her county on the cutting edge of public service,” Jun said.
On November 3, 1974, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors met in session to hold a public hearing to discuss and adopt Zoning Ordinance Regulations for Zoning Area II. Hearing no objections the Board adopted a resolution to create necessary zoning maps for the purpose of creating nine zoning districts.  The Board had previously adopted the Comprehensive Plan as the official document for the future growth of Yuma County on July 21, 1970. Arizona Revised Statutes Sections §11-821 and 11-824 stipulated that a Zoning Ordinance be part of the plan. The plan contained the necessary terms for the guidance of the future growth and development considered essential to the economy, social, physical, political and esthetic growth of the county. Boundaries of the districts were shown on maps covering the unincorporated area of the county and had been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Upon adoption of the resolution, the nine districts would be referred to as Zoning Area II. Board members were: Henry Gonzales (Chairman), Glen H. Strohm, and Marion Beaver.

Submitted by
Ginger Hamilton,
County Administration
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