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14A Wednesday, April 25, 2001 From Page One essr e, Recc By Victoria Metcalf ing good choices in life. Staff Writer "I've been fairly successful Bob Minert, of Quincy, has with many grants " Minert a job he wants to do for thesaid. He has a 70 percent suc- people of Plumas County. He's cess record and has brought in seeking the position of direc- more than $6.5 million to the tor of the Alcohol and Drug district in the last 12 years. "I (A&D) Department. have always been grant fund- Producing a stack of lettersed. I have yet to be a burden from many other department on the general fund." and program leaders in And, if chosen to head Plumas County, including theA&D, the grant writing very department he would like process will continue, not just to lead, it's clear many others for that program, but other believe that Minert is the man similar areas as well, he said. for the job. In managing Proposition 36 It isn't a political race. Min- funding, which is coming from ert isn't campaigning---at least the state to A&D, Minert said, not with speeches, buttons and "I have experience at the state posters. But, Minert is inter- level. That's something that ested in being considered for needs to get done. We need to the job, badly enough that he hire a therapist for the drug wants to be noticed, heard and side," he said about the funding. considered as one of this coun- He also intends to manage ty's most qualified individuals, the drug court program re- It's unknown--at least by cently removed from A&D. Minert--how many others Minert said that one of his let- have applied for the position ters of recommendation is of A&D chief, but it's a posi- from District Attorney James tion that hasn't been filled for Reichle, and he is fully aware a year. of Minert's intent. "My intent When Lloyd Crawford, De- is to meet Jim Reichle's needs partment of MentalHealth andand the therapist should be A&D director resigned last out of A&D, and an A&D thera- May, Mental Health Program pist." Chief John Sebold was put inLooking to other aspects of charge on a temporary basis,the A&D program, Minert Then came the county's ef- said, "I think we need to meet forts to hire a firm to review the client's needs, the key be- the two programs, before hir- ing to meet whatever the ing a new administrator, client needs, and that depends When that fell apart and on the behavior of the client." the review wasn't done, em- But, Minert added that "I'm ployees at A&D began to grownot a miracle worker." Those impatient. Their program was- who are trained to make the n'tprogressing, clients' needs decisions based upon the weren't being met, and with-client's needs, will be the ones out someone in charge, they making those decisions. didn't see those changes tak- Just as he's willing to leave ing place, the decision making to those Ultimately, officials recog-who are trained in those nized that the best plan forfields, Minert also said that' both Mental Health and A&D it's important to have an uno was the formation of two sepa- derstanding of the program. rate programs. Sebold contin- His background is in enforce- ued as the acting director at ment and prevention; he will Mental Health, and Lia Brunohave to learn more about the assumed temporary command therapy side of the program, to of A&D. understand its needs. As a member of the Mental "I'm good at making pro- Health Board of Directors, and grams work," Minert said, and the safety officer at the that means finding common Plumas Unified School Dis- ground where many of the trict, Minert has long been county's programs can work aware of the needs of A&D. together for the common good. He realizes the program Looking at the driving un- doesn't need a therapist at the der the influence court-man- helm, but an administrator, dated program that was re- preferably one with his experi- cently contracted out to Right ence in writing grants to assist Roads, a program outside the program. Plumas County, Minert said With an eye toward the job, that was a good decision at the Minert said he has several ira- time. He intends to look at the mediate goals in mind. "I program, assess it and possi- want to make it a safe, friend- bly have it returned to A&D ly, warm, comfortable place when the contracts come due. for my staff." Through the last Although Minert agrees the few months, members of the A&D program needs a fiscal department have expressed officer, it's also an area he has their concern that their work some experience in. "You're environment has been any- getting into an area that I real- thing but that, and they, too, ly have some expertise. I have welcome that change: a certain knowledge on how "I've already started team things should be done, espe- building with the A&D staff," cially in county government." Minert said, fully aware of the Minert said that he has run problems that have plagued a clean program for 12 years in the department since a time Plumas County, and has made before Crawford resigned, valuable contacts all over the "I know grants," Minert state in that time. said about the job he's held"I'm extremely careful with with PUSD as a grants writer, public money," he said. In fact, the grants he has writ- Prior to moving to Califor- ten over the past year, have al- nia, Minert's early career was so supplied his income, in law enforcement in south- A recent grant that Minert ern California. He was "dis- intends to write is a preven- abilitied" out of the depart- tion grant, the funds of which merit, and then went to work will help to send a special pre- for four years as singer Kenny vention message about mak- Roger's director of security. Bob Minert i New job description Continued from page 1A Job description The supervisors voted 3-1 to approve a new job description for the CAO. Supervisors Bill Dennison, Robert Meacher and Ken Nelson voted yes, B.J. Pearson voted no, and Don Clark was on vacation and not available to vote, The new job description is very similar to the existing one, except that the duties of the personnel officer and em- i ployee relations officer have been shifted to the director of human resources. During the board's April 17 meeting, the supervisors re- viewed each of the CAO's du- ties. The supervisors discussed their relationship to the CAO, and what part the CAO should play in setting the board's agenda. It was decided the CAO would develop the agenda as directed bY Another must now heads of an could The job the CAO's er associated county's safety and count / i Mot~m'oms Pu.iioam aM:ore Age Ice II~,(L'Wialn a~o II mPAIII Ira, n Members of Gamma Iota colors of the rainbow. Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met The installation of Judy at Sweet Lorainne's on the Eisenman as vice president, evening of April 17. Marcia Derrick as recording The table at the restaurant secretary and Jacqui Harris as was adorned with chocolate corresponding secretary con- butterflies colored purple and cluded the ceremony. put at each place setting, these The outgoing president will were complimented with a del- be the treasurer for the chap- icately crochet book mark. ter. Afterwards, members pre- These favors were made espe- sented Busselen with a beauti- cially for the evening by mere-" ful fleece jacket that was deco- hers Carol Whitcher and Linda rated with butterflies. Busselen. Those attending were Presi- After dinner, President Bus- dent Linda Busselen, Judy selen conducted an installa- Adamson, Bettie Cobb, June tion of officers ceremony. The Biggs, Helen Davis, Marcia De- service began with the outgo- trick, Judy Eisenman, Helen ing president handing the gay- Ettinger, Joy Furtado, Jacqui el over to incoming President Harris, Joanne Kibbee, Rita Marshall. The ceremony Dorothy McDonald, Rita Mar- was accompanied by a beauti- shall, Barbara Norman and ful floral arrangement in the Carol Whitcher. C0i IB IM, im pc.,_.. mJs ts The April 3 meeting of Xi More grocery store on Satur- Gamma Zeta was held at Judy day, April 21, from 10 a.m. - 2 Anderson's residence, p.m. Nine members were in atten- This is the annual fund-rais- dance. Topics for discussion er for Breast Cancer Research. were Founders Day', ticket The next meeting will be April sales, the yard sale, a car pok- 24 at the home of Nelda War- er rally and rituals. Members ren. Laureate ritual to be held will be selling tickets for the then for Betty Zeigler. "wagon of goodies" at Say OPEN MON.-SAT.. 2830 MAIN STREET . SUSANVILLE 257-7788