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YuCount Community Newsletter SEPTEMBER 2019

Post Date:09/03/2019 3:30 PM
Four local folk artists joined to create a mural of hope for the Kids at Hope Program. This mural is located at the Juvenile Detention Center. Many young individuals travel down this hallway before their cases are heard by a judge. 

FIND OUT who they are by viewing which four artists were involved in donating their precious time.

CASA volunteers appointed by a judge to assist abused and neglected children in court. Yuma County is in desperate need of volunteers.  As of today, CASA has a total of only 48 volunteers.  If you can find it in your heart to be a  volunteer, contact CASA at (928) 314-1830 or visit their website.

You can learn more and watch local volunteers as they become official CASA's by clicking the link!!


Planning has started and it won't be long before construction begins! We are hopeful we will be celebrating the new location for the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Auditorium early next year.  It will be located at 197 S. Main Street in Historic Downtown Yuma directly across the street from the Yuma County Administration Building.

You can actually see the existing space the NEW Yuma County Board of Supervisors Auditorium will fill in this video (pardon the mess).

Yuma County Risk Management assists other departments in protecting Yuma County's assets, but that is not all they do. 
They also:
  • conduct ergonomic assessments on a regular basis and on-demand when a potential issue has been identified
  • work closely with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • accommodate County employees with disabilities and with proper standards
  • process Property Claims for any damages that are done to County properties, which includes buildings, equipment and vehicles
  • assist employees with safety services and occupational health issues and compliance.

If you want to learn more about Yuma County Risk Managementclick on to our web.
Did you know that during any given month in our county, Yuma County Adult Probation officers supervise between 1100 – 1200 adult males and females who have been convicted of violating the law and placed on probation by the courts?  Furthermore, did you know that in addition to those individuals on probation, many more are released by the court under the supervision of Pretrial Services pending the outcome of their criminal case?  In addition, others are on community supervision through other agencies such as Federal Probation, Federal Pretrial Services, Parole, and the Juvenile Justice Center.  Persons who are on community supervision, no matter which agency is charged with their supervision, consist of individuals from all walks of life.  Some are students, others are professionals who have earned advanced degrees, others may be laborers who have very little, and sometimes no formal education.  But they all have one thing in common:  they live and work here in our community.  Some are supervised using advanced technology such as Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS) trackers and are required to submit to drug testing on a regular basis, a few of which are required to comply with these stringent conditions for the rest of their lives.  Fortunately, and thanks to professionals who have dedicated their lives to help make positive changes in people’s lives, most probationers are compliant and have become valuable members of our community.  In fact, many of us deal with them on a regular basis and have no idea that they are under the court’s supervision.
Probation officers, and in many cases, the teams of officers that consist of probation and surveillance officers who supervise probation caseloads play a variety of roles in the lives of the people assigned to their supervision.  One day officers may be searching a residence looking for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal items, followed by making an arrest and taking someone to jail.  A few hours later those same officers may be helping a single mother find food and shelter for her and her children.  Probation and surveillance officers are officers of the Superior Court and are considered peace officers in the performance of their duties. They are tasked with protecting society from those who are assigned to their caseload, while at the same time doing all that is within their abilities to help them make positive changes in their lives.   They work as a team with other professionals from the community to address probationer’s problems that require the attention of an expert in a specific field such as psychiatric or medical.  The Adult Probation Department also enjoys internal programs such as specialty courts, specialized caseloads, and treatment professionals that focus on the individual’s special needs.  In addition, the officers assigned to these caseloads have advanced college degrees and specialized training to address problems that are specific to the populations they supervise, while holding those that are non-compliant accountable for their actions.  

In addition to their regular duties, probation staff participate in numerous community events throughout the year.  These events include the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Victim’s “Walk A Mile in their Shoes”, Domestic Violence – “Purple Paws for a Cause”, Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhood Safety (G.A.I.N.), and the “Safe and Scary Halloween” Event.   Moreover, to help save lives each year, Adult Probation hosts two blood drives open to the community.

These are just a few of the ways adult probation professionals affect positive change in those that are assigned to their caseloads.  Space restrictions prevent from mentioning all their functions, but rest assured that probation officers do this every day, 24 hours a day, including holidays.  Budget shortfalls mean that these professionals must be creative in finding solutions to make sure those they supervise have the support needed to find jobs, housing, and treatment.  One of these creative projects is Adult Probation’s “Closet for Success”.   Clothing donations from APO staff are available for probationers and their families who need proper attire for job interviews or just for everyday wear.  Also by collaborating with community leaders, such as Goodwill Industries and Arizona @ Work, many officers are making a difference while faced with expanding caseloads and additional responsibilities.

Probation, Pretrial, and Parole Supervision Week (PPPS Week) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the amazing work probation professionals do every day. It is recognized throughout the United States and Canada. This year, this celebration of our chosen profession took place during the week of July 21-27, 2019.  Several themes were presented.  Mr. Frank Brown, Office Assistant, proposed the theme for the week to be “The Lion King”.  A vote was taken and by majority and was passed.  In Yuma County, the celebration began on Monday with Mr. Brown announcing through the department intercom that the doors were open for business and adding an inspirational quote from the movie.  The celebration continued throughout the week with food, food, and more food!  Units took turns providing “snacks” for the entire staff, which of course, in an effort to outdo other units, the “snacks” became full-blown meals! During staff breaks we enjoyed short games such as a “cakewalk”, and yes, the winners were awarded a cake – which, of course, was shared with the entire staff.  On Friday, we closed the week with a fantastic breakfast buffet, followed by a relaxing afternoon at the Harkins Theaters for a private viewing of “The Lion King”.   It was truly an honor to have The Honorable David M. Haws, Presiding Judge, as well as staff from the North End Connection Clinic join us at Harkins.

Folks, rest assured, all this celebration took place during staff breaks.  Our regular duties were not interrupted, and no tax dollars were used.  Food was provided through donations and contributions from our staff and from our internal Booster Club which holds internal fundraisers throughout the year to make these events possible.  A GREAT BIG YUMA COUNTY THANK YOU TO ALL who made this fabulous week possible!  


Submitted by: 
Frank Silva and Lucero Santana
Yuma County Adult Probation
The Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) held a poster contest "What Home Means to Me".  All State Housing Departments were encouraged to have their youth residents participate in this contest. 

This is the first time Yuma County Housing Youth residents participated in a state contest.  Francisca Payanes, Yuma County Senior Housing Program Coordinator in charge of our Youth Program, provided the posters, crayons and markers.  A total of six posters were sent out for competition. 

On August 14, 2019, Housing was notified that they had a winner.  Her Name is Romyna Luera.  She lives in Pecan Shadows Apartments with her father and brother.  Luera won the 9-12 grade level contest and received a $50 certificate.  She will now be competing in the regional level contest.



Glennis Boone, Library Assistant I (Yuma County Main Library), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for September 2019. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Glennis received a mounted certificate, a nameplate in the book of her choice, an Employee of the Month pin, and her photo will be hung at the Yuma County Main Library during the month of September.

Congratulations Glennis!


Barbara Diaz, Administrative Assistant in the Health Department, is the Safety Excellence Award winner for the Fourth Quarter of FY 2018-19. She has served in her current position for 2 years and has worked for Yuma County for 5 years.

In addition to her regular job, Barbara is the Safety Officer for the Health Department. Barbara has developed and implemented several new safety procedures and trainings for all Health employees. She has created a procedure for deliveries to the Health Department so they do not accumulate in the hallway and pose a safety risk.

She also created a vehicle inspection form that requires employees to inspect the vehicle’s condition to ensure it is working properly before being driven.

Barbara also has given valuable advice to employees responsible for delivering cash deposits to the Treasurer’s office. She suggested taking varying routes each time, being aware of your surroundings, and using different sizes and colors of containers to camouflage the fact that they are carrying a cash deposit bag. The employees responsible for carrying cash expressed their appreciation for Barbara’s proactive approach to their safety and security.  Congratulations, Barbara!

In honor of outstanding law enforcement officers throughout Congressman Paul Gosar’s District No. 4 during National Law Enforcement Week, Teresa Martinez, Director of Coalitions and Hispanic Outreach, presented an Outstanding Deputy award to Sr. Deputy Jason Hemstreet.


On July 5, 1960, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution declaring the necessity for a second Judge of the Superior Court of Yuma County. The resolution stated that the last census count cited Yuma County’s population in excess of 45,900 inhabitants.

By adopting the resolution, the Board was petitioning the Governor of the State of Arizona for a second Superior Court Judge and if approved, requested that the position not be filled by appointment but by an individual elected by the regular elective process at the next scheduled General Election on November 8, 1960.

The newly appointed judge would hold office for four years from the first Monday in January 1961, and if approved, the office would be designated as Division No. 2 as per Arizona Revised Statute §16-724. (It should be noted that approval was not received for inclusion on the November 8, 1960 election.) Board members were M. G. Minken, Chairman, Otis Shipp, and G. A. Strohm.

Submitted by:
Ginger Hamilton
Yuma County Administration

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