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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 10, 2010 11A Regional job fairs start Monday, March 22 M. Kate West Chester Editor "The 14th annual Job Fair will make its rounds to serve Lassen, Plumas, Modoc and Sierra county residents dur- ing the last week of March and first two weeks of April," Brenda Norris, Alliance For Workforce Development hu- man resources consultant, said March 2. The first fair is scheduled for March 22 in Modoc Coun- ty. It will be held 2 - 6 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial building. "Following the Modoc event there will be three additional job fair offerings for Plumas and Sierra county jobseek- ers and employers in Chester, Quincy and Graea- gle," said Alliance For Workforce Development Business Services Coordina- tor Janelle Hardig. Beginning at the north end of Plumas County, the Chester Job Fair will be held Tuesday, March 30, at the Chester Memorial Hall, on the corner of Gay and Stone streets. The next Job Fair will be held March 31, on the Feather River College Quincy campus, at 570 Golden Eagle Dr. The final Job Fair for Plumas and Sierra county res- idents will be held April 1, at the Graeagle Fire Depart- ment, at 7620, Highway 89 in Graeagle. All three Plumas County Job Fairs will be held 3 - 5 p.m. on their scheduled dates. The final offering in the 2010 job fair series will be held in Lassen County, at the fairgrounds, Saturday, April 10, 9 a.m. - noon; this is the only event offered during morning hours. To R.S.V.P. attendance to a Plumas County fair or to ask questions, call the Work- force Connection in Quincy at 283-1606. I.ssen County employers and job seekers may call 257-5057. Modoc employers and job seekers should call 233-4161 for more information. "The annual job fairs are a collaborative effort of the Workforce Development Team," Hardig said. "And de- spite the economy, we are an- ticipating a good turnout of em- ployers. We recommend that prospective employees each bring 10 resumes to the fair." Hardig also said a special workshop would be provided by the Plumas Work Connec- tion in Quincy to help job- seekers prepare to meet future employers. "Resumes Only a Mother Could Love" will be offered to all job seekers March 17 at 10 a.m. Call 283-1606 to reserve a seat in the workshop. She said this year's team members included the Re- gional Occupation Program, Feather River College, the California State Employment Development Department, the Plumas County. Department of Social Services and AFWD. Although the program names on the front of the buildings may vary, career and employer services are of- fered in Modoc, Plumas, Lassen and Sierra counties. General information and jobseeker assistance may be found at the following loca- tions and telephone numbers: Lassen County Lassen Career Network 1616 Chestnut St., Susanville 257-5057 Modoc County Modoc Employment Center 221 Main St., Alturas 233-4161 Plumas County Work Connection 1953 E. Main St., Quincy 283-1606 Sierra County Work Connection 306 First St. #1, Loyalton 993-4295 AUDITOR, from page 10A Hagwood said his office did a very good job in keeping up with standards and training, but "it will be certainly wel- come to have this individual coming in and working with my staff and evaluating what we do and how we do it." County Administrative Of- ficer Jack Ingstad said risk management would probably focus primarily on improving management decisions re- garding personnel in the sher- iff's office. Hagwood agreed some of the biggest claims against the county over the years came from the sheriff's office. "I don't think Shawn's go- ing to get involved in teaching you how to use a Taser," In- gstad quipped, causing a surge of laughter from the crowd, "I think that's what you guys do and you know how to do that." Hagwood agreed, "Oh ab- solutely. The sheriff's depart- ment has been the source of some very expensive litiga- tion over the last several years so to the extent we can do a better job in that area, absolutely." Montgomery said the coun- ty safety officer ,would rely a lot on the expertise of each de- partment's safety officer ..... , "I want them to work as a team for the best interest of the employees and the county, and I think they have to start with the employees first. "I mean, we've tried it the other way, working from the top down, and it's not work- ing from what I see. "I would like to see this work from the people that are out there getting hurt and work from that up." Hagwood asked if the safety officer would be the one work- ing on reducing grievances and personnel issues. Ingstad said Montgomery could decide how to split up responsibilities in the department. He added that many of the personnel issues in the past could have been dealt with long before they became litigation. "Should have been," Hag- wood agreed. Retired Plumas County deputy Bob Shipp, who is run- ning against Hagwood for sheriff in this year's election, asked the next question. Shipp said the county changed the kinds of chairs employees were allowed to use in the past because of a perceived safety risk and he was wondering if the safety officer would have the power to make those kinds of deci- sions. He proposed a scenario where a safety officer who wasn't used to driving patrol "cars could mistakenly think there was something wrong with them. "Does he have the authority to start saying half the fleet is not operational, now we have deputies on the street?" Montgomery responded, "I think maybe we're getting hung up on the name officer. "The safety officer will make no policy. The board makes policies. I will make no policies; the board makes policies." At another point in the meeting, District Attorney Jeff Cunan had pointed out every- one should be aware the safety officer wasn't a peace officer and wouldn't be there to im- prove security at the court- house or anything like that. Montgomery said the safety officer might look up widely used checklists for mainte- nance on patrol cars and give them to the sheriff's safety Salon 7O Now has a new phone number!! 530'832-9970 Call Leah for an appt. Watk-in's are welcome Open Mon-Fri 73417 Hwy 70 WEI TLOSS officer or something like that, but the position wouldn't be about making uneducated judgments on everything imaginable. Ingstad said Trindel had been doing this program in nine other counties already, so nobody would be trying to reinvent the wheel. "I think having someone rather independently and ob- jectively making some evalua- tions of these issues will bene- fit everybody greatly because as department heads we have interests and sometimes we're subjective," Hagwood concluded. only 530 283 9674 ...... :::: :: ...................... /' !::i ..................................... :::: .................. ,=.,,...n,w'"' ,,. , , Here = t i Open 7 days t i I 1 am - 10pm I , Hot Dogs ', or ............ ' "" ',Upgrade to Chili Dog " ' ....... free ........ . Plurnos Pines Shopping Center, Quincy * 283-2320 Plumas County Women - - Are you the I in 8 woman who has, or has had breast cancer? If so, please join us for dinner and learn about the free services offered by The Sierra-Stanford Partnership "Expanding Rural Access Project" A project of the Sierra Fund Monday, March 15th, 2010 5:30 - 7:30 pm Sweet Lorraine's, upstairs dining room 384 Main Street, Quincy RSVP by March 12th To Susan Ferrier, Project Coordinator 530-274-0292 or 530-559-7128 Email: Please visit our website: Funding for this event provided through a grant from The California Breast Cancer Research Program I T