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YuCount Community Newsletter JULY 2019

Post Date:07/08/2019 10:30 AM
A partnership between the Sheriff's Office, City of Yuma, City of Somerton, City of San Luis, Town of Wellton Police Departments and Arizona Wester College began a program to train Law Enforcement officers locally.

The academy started in March and it will last 18 weeks.  During this time the cadets will learn skills, knowledge for care, custody and control,  intense class instruction, and hands-on training.  

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

It is that time of year again, where here in Yuma the temperatures get pretty high and we all want to have fun with family and friends in the pool. 

Take a few minutes to view the video and review some of the pool safety tips offered by our Health District Injury Prevention Coordinator, Ryan Butcher.
The Yuma County Legal Defender's Office started the Legal Intern Program 14 years ago and the list of volunteer candidates continues to grow.   Law students come to Yuma County on their summer off to intern and gain experience as they work on real cases.

Watch the video to see how it all started. 

For more information, you can contact the Yuma County Legal Defender's Office.
Yuma County welcomes Chris Young as the newest member of the County’s executive team.  Mr. Young officially joined the County as the County Engineer and director for the Engineering Department on June 24, 2019.

Mr. Young most recently served as the Principal Engineer for Field Operations with the City of Glendale. County Administrator Susan Thorpe said, “We are pleased to welcome Chris Young to the County. Chris’s 22 years of experience as a Civil Engineer in local government and his leadership and management skills will be an immediate benefit to our executive team.”

Mr. Young is licensed as a Certified Arizona Professional Civil Engineer (P.E.), California Professional Civil Engineer, and National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Senior Engineering Technician.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Public Works Association (APWA), and American Water Works Association (AWWA). 

Yuma County Administrator Susan Thorpe announced Mary Fontes has come on board as the County’s Elections Director during the June 17 regular session of the Yuma County Board of Supervisors.  Ms. Fontes is the first to serve as Elections Director under the guidance of the Yuma County Recorder’s Office which was delegated this responsibility by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors in February.

“Having worked with Mary Fontes for over 10 years during her time with the Secretary of State’s Office and Maricopa County, I am extremely excited to welcome her to the Yuma County team!” explains County Recorder Robyn Stallworth Pouquette. “Mary’s extensive experience in various areas of elections management will be an asset to Yuma County and the entire staff of the Recorder’s Office is looking forward to working with her in the upcoming election cycles.”

The Yuma County Board of Supervisors streamlined the Elections and Recorder’s Offices to provide better service to the public. An Elections Advisory Committee was formed and is comprised of the County Recorder, the County Administrator, the County Attorney and two members of the County Board of Supervisors, representing different political parties, appointed by the Chairman of the Board. The Advisory Committee serves as a subject matter resource to the County Recorder in the areas of statutory compliance, operational efficiency, and public policy and provides input on election operations and initiatives.  The committee recently oversaw the recruitment, evaluation and interviewing of candidates for the Elections Director position,  and will collaborate with the Recorder in any performance evaluation or disciplinary matters.

Ms. Fontes most recently served as the Voter Registration Director for the Maricopa County Recorder & Elections Office. Prior to that, Ms. Fontes oversaw the statewide voter registration system for the Arizona Secretary of State and has served as the Election Director for Apache County.

Ms. Fontes has maintained her Election Officer Certification since 1999 and has been a standing member of the Elections Officials of Arizona since 2005. 
The Yuma County Housing Department (YCHD) promoted Homeownership Month in June.  We conducted a homeownership education workshop in collaboration with a local agency to share important information about credit, mortgage loans, realtors and much more.  

The YCHD Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) had an opportunity to encourage families to make significant progress towards self-sufficiency and homeownership and an opportunity to connect participating families to local agencies such as Housing American Corporation, Comite de Bienestar, U.S. Department of Agriculture and  Western Arizona Council of Governments.  These local agencies have collaborated with the Yuma County Housing Department in assisting families to become homeowners and will continue assisting families to successfully accomplish homeownership.
Tournament organizers
The Yuma County chapter of Kids at Hope conducted its second annual golf tournament on May 4 at the Cocopah RV & Golf Resort.

The tournament was a four-person scramble with a  shotgun start.  A total of 20 teams entered, up from last year's 16.

In addition to a tri-tip luncheon after the tournament, there was an auction, as well as a raffle.  A large number of items were both auctioned and raffled off, including a tri-tip dinner for 25.

The tournament was able to meet its goal, raising a total of $15, 000, the proceeds of which will go to fund Kids at Hope activities in the community.  A lot of hard work went into making this event a success for the second year in a row. 

The Cocopah Golf Resort has already been reserved for next year's event.

Five new detention officers have just completed the fifth Detention Officer Extended Field Training Academy that took place April 29 - May 3, 2019.  Detention Officers Adan Bejarano, Anastacia Chavez, Elder Dominguez, Rene Serna and Carlos Vasquez endured a week-long course of Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Mandated classes.

Instructors were Supervisors Grant Rader and Lisa Klauck; D. O. III's Stephanie Buthmann,  Steven Banuelos and Charlie Santa Cruz, D.O. II's David Reyes, Oscar Bendele and Ignacio Trejo:  and Probation Officer Edna Lugo.
Some of the Classes included Behavior Management, Report Writing, Adolescent brain Development, Officer Safety/Defensive Tactics and Handle with Care.

Newly graduated Detention Officer Anastacia Chavez stated, "I thought the academy was very informative and I liked learning the different aspects, such as the juvenile's brain, computers and programs".

On May 3, 2019, the graduation ceremony, presided over by Director Tim Hardy, Deputy Director Ignacio Galindo and Detention Supervisor Grant Rader, was conducted for these five new Detention Officers.  They were then sworn in by the Juvenile Court's presiding judge, the Honorable Kathryn Stocking-Tate.
Annette Steinberg and Rose Hooker have not only proven, over the years, to be invaluable members of the Juvenile Court family, but both Annette and Rose started on the same day, September 26, 1988.

Annette began as a Records and Communications Assistant III, assigned to intensive probation and the court's literacy lab.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University in 1994.  In 1996, she took over as Coordinator of Juvenile Training and Special Programs, which later developed into the Human Resources Specialist position she still holds today.

Rose was also hired as a Records and Communication Assistant III, replacing Rosalee Headington as the department's receptionist and bookkeeper.  Rose earned her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University in 1995, but never went the probation officer route.  Instead, in 1996, she became the executive assistant for the director, which position she also holds to this day. 

Thirty years after beginning their careers on the same day, and after following such similar paths, these two outstanding Juvenile Court employees continue to have a huge daily impact on the operations of this agency.


From 9:00 a.m. Monday, June 3, until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13, bring in cans of food to pay for your overdue fines during Food for Fines: Summer Edition at Yuma County Libraries! All cans of food will be donated to a local food pantry or assistance agency.
•For every 10 oz (or larger) can of food that is donated, $1 in overdue fines will be removed
•Only labeled cans will be accepted
•No dented or expired cans
•No glass jars

For more information, contact the Circulation Department at the Main Library at (928) 373-6492.

Stephanie Lopez Perez, Librarian Assistant 1 (San Luis Branch Library), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for July 2019. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Stephanie 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 San Luis Library during the month of July.

Congratulations Stephanie!


On August 17, 1981, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors met to discuss an intergovernmental agreement between Yuma County and the Gadsden Elementary School District No. 32 for the operation and maintenance of Gadsden Park.  The county-owned and maintained a park in the vicinity of Gadsden Elementary School District No. 32 which traditionally had been used as a playground by the school. After discussion regarding the replacement of equipment for the park, the Board authorized the County Manager to negotiate the agreement. The agreement allowed that the park would be available at all times not inconsistent with school use and for recreational use by the general public. The county would provide for use by the district for playground activities, the land improvements for the park and furnish the equipment customarily used for the upkeep and maintenance of the said park. The district would provide all labor and funds necessary for the upkeep and maintenance of the park and keep the equipment in good working order. Supervisors were: Robert W. Kennerly (Chairman), R. Pete Woodard, Caryl Stanley, J. R. Sanders, and Ray Moore.

Submitted by:
Ginger Hamilton
Yuma County Administration

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