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IOA Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Feather River Bulletin i/. i Auditor's office takes on safety/risk duties Joshua Sebold Despite the added work and Trindel if it fulfilled all the re- with the district attorney's of- quirements of the pool's safe- ty program. She said the county's premi- ums were the same as before, so there would be a savings if it earned the $40,000 back. Montgomery also told the board the county would get $20,000 back if it got a 50 per- cent score from Trindel, and the county would have two years to try to get a 100 per- cent score and get all the money back. Addressing the $27,000 at' tached to the risk management budget, she added, "I don't see using all of that. I will work closely with Jack on what I can and can't use, but whatever I don't use, of course, is general fund. It will go back to the gen- eral fund budget." She also said her depart- ment would share a vehicle Staff Writer to the amazement of the su- pervisors, Montgomery told them, "I'm pretty excited about it. I want to let you guys know that." Montgomery said part of the change resulted from the county's decision to join the Trindel Insurance Fund, which requires all 10 of the counties in the pool to have safety officers. Montgomery said half of the expanded posi- tion would be allocated to be- ing the safety officer and the other half would be spent do- ing work for the auditor's of- fice. She added the position would probably be 100 percent dedicated to the safety officer side at first, while the safety program was being set up. The auditor also said the county could get up to $40,000 of its premiums back from The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of duties of the safety officer and risk manager from the county administrative of- fice to the auditor/controller department at a Tuesday, March 2, meeting. The move resulted in $27,000 moving from the CAD to the auditor's office, as those funds were attached to the risk management budget. A .75 position will also be- come a full-time position be- cause of the change, and sever- al other job descriptions in the auditor's office will be expand- ed, but no additional pay will be given to Auditor Shawn Montgomery or her staff, aside from the expanded position. ::iii Plus: NETWORK. AUTHORIZED RETAILER Tim V, Jones Quincy (530) 283.38oo (800) 910-DISH P.O. Box 209 State Reg. #E70726 "Brings It Down To Earth" DiStal Home Advantage requires 24-morlth commitment end credit qualitlcatio, ff service is terminated before the end of commitment, a cancellation foe of $1 .50/morWa remaining will apply. Progremmmg.crodit will apply dudng the first 12 months, Monthly fees may apply based : type end number of receive. All pdces, : ,. " Ime_U=H N ldvo..rk .stomers Orff. HBOllovme. Programmthg credits WRI apSE dunng e flint 3 mons. 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"There's even complaints a lot from some of the bigger counties that say 'you know everything is being catered to these small counties' because we have in essence 10 votes to their one, because we try to come to a consensus at the Trindel meetings on what is best for our counties." Supervisor Lori Simpson asked who would handle workers' compensation issues. Montgomery said that func- tion would be housed in her department and handled by the same employees who work on county payroll, but her employees would work closely with the human re- sources department. Montgomery said she would try to keep risk management and safety officer functions as separate from auditor func- tions as possible, but many counties in Trindel had this arrangement, with one de- partment handling both. Commenting on that sepa- ration she said, "I, of course, am more interested in saving county money and maybe on- ly seeing black and white, and the safety officer cannot. The safety officer needs to see employees. "The employee needs to feel comfortable going to someone who's on their side and they don't always see the auditor as being on their side, and we can't have that if we're going to have an effective program." At that point, Simpson asked whether employees would go directly to the safety officer with concerns if they haven't talked to their depart- ment heads. Montgomery said she thought department heads should get a chance to address an issue first and the first thing her officer should ask an employee is whether the department head was aware of an issue. The auditor said, "in the de- partment heads' defense," she thought many times they just weren't aware of an issue and weren't actively ignoring it. Supervisor Terry Swofford said he'd heard complaints from employees about hav- ing to travel out of their ar- eas to attend safety meetings in the past. Montgomery said her de- partment was getting to share the vehicle with the DA for ex- actly that reason, so the safety officer could travel instead of sending whole departments full of personnel from one side of the county to another. KRETH HANDYMEN BUILD IT, FIX IT, REMODEL IT We Care About You/ No lob Too Big or Too Small Steve Kreth Insured CA License #907193 Bus: 530-836-0870 Cell: 249-3126 She said each department would also have one of its em- ployees designated as a safety officer, who would rtin monthly meetings and be the main contact for the county- wide safety officer. Swofford asked ff training would be targeted to actual, specific departments tasks. The auditor said Trindel had safety toPics and pro- grams for each department and people would get informa- tion that would actually apply to their jobs. Supervisor Ole Olsen asked whether the risk management function would be attached to the auditor's office perma- nently and whether people running for auditor would have to demonstrate knowl- edge of risk management. Montgomery said the board could reorganize the depart- ments again whenever it wanted. Public Works Director Bob Perreault and Fair Manager John Steffanic told the board they had safety program s and thought the rest of the county departments would benefit from them, along with the county budget in the long run when liability went down. Ingstad and the board mem- bers thanked Montgomery for agreeing to take on the new responsibilities with minimal additions to her budget and staff. The sheriff's office At that point, chairwoman Sherrie Thrall asked Sheriff Greg Hagwood what he thought about the change. The sheriff told her he thought his office would pose some unique challenges for the safety officer. "The work that my men and women do is, it varies, it doesn't enjoy the consistency of say working with a piece of equipment, in dealing with the two-legged animals out there that sometimes have other ideas." See Auditor, page 11A Easter brings us all together as a family ... EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES A special directory of Easter Services in Quincy. Invite the community to celebrate Easter with your organization. Get the word out in your community with an open invitation for special Easter services or events at your church. Publish Date: March 31, 2010 Deadline: March 24, 2010 FEATHER VER 283-0800 Contact your advertising representative today. Karen, Kay, Sherri I I I II I I I I II II IIII I II I