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2A Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Ten years of service Several individuals hold certificates in recognition of their 10-year-plus contributions to the senior nutrition program in Quincy on Wednesday, Dec. 16. From left: Nola Robinette, Phyllis Golla, Gaye Porter, Nancy Wertenberger, Richard Castaldini and Margo Stratton. Seated are Karen Lankford, who works at senior nutrition, and Nina Knox. Not in attendance, but also recognized were Shirley Critchlow, Tadi Erickenson, Jacqui Harris, Rickey Rufener, Maggie Moser and Billie Tillotson. Betty Gregory will be recognized at a later date in memoriam. Photos by Debra Moore Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Calling it a "public safety issue," Mental Health Clinician Michael Heinlein asked the board of supervisors to appoint a new leader for his department. Heinlein spoke during the public comment portion of the board's Dec. 15 meeting. As he addressed the supervisors, several coworkers stood in support. "We're overwhelmed... feeling pressure of overwhelming magnitude," he said. "We have no direction, no one to give us guidance." The mental health department has experienced a revolving door of directors since the retirement of John Sebold on May 29, 2012, after 12 years as the director. (See sidebar for timeline.) Currently Louise Steenkamp, the director of Alcohol and Other Drugs, is overseeing management of the department. The supervisors voted in July to combine the departments of Bus or tow: New ions available Debra Moore offeringits free "Tipsy Tow." interested in contracting Staff Writer Plumas Transit will with Plumas Transit, but "I dmoore@plumasnews.com provide bus service on Newdecided that it should be part Year's Eve in Quincy as a of the service that we offer." The local bus service will community service. Gary The normal Quincy be offering rides on New McFarland, Plumas Transit's evening route will operate Year's Eve for the first time transportation director, said until 8:56 p.m. and then the and Quincy Tow will that local bar owners had special New Year's service continue the tradition of contacted him and they were will run from 10 p.m. until 2 Transformational Mindfulness Training Jan. 13th- Mar. 4th Wednesdays & Fridays 1 2:1 0 - 1 2:40 p.m. Flanigan & Leavitt Building upstairs Conference Room Gift yourself or another with • Mindfulness based stress reduction • A fresh perspective on life • Simple techniques for Enhanced relationships Enriched experiences Meeting life's challenges Course limited to 16 participants. To register contact Tia Robinson • 619-971-0190 • tiateach@hotmail.com Garage Doors • Entry Doors • Automatic Gates f Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11-5 LOOKING FOR A CONTRACTOR? Check out our Business and Services Directory... Located on Pages 4C & 5C ! CHANCES ARE YOU'LL FIND THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB! a.m. The special service will mimic the evening route with stops in the following order: - Sav Mor - Relay Station - Plumas Pines/Safeway - Lawrence Street at Railway - Feather River Fitness - Feather River College - Courthouse/Dame Shirley - Plumas Pines/Safeway - Valley Heights/Peppard Flat - Say Mor The route will repeat approximately every half hour beginning at 10 p.m. Though the regular route doesn't stop at the local bars restaurants, on New Ye. fs e the driver will slow as he passes by those locations and someone could flag down the bus to get a ride• The cost is $1 per rider; tickets and passes will not be honored. Need a tow? Quincy Tow is offering a free tow to anyone within a 5-mile radius of Quincy. One does not need to be a AAA customer to receive the free tow. Simply call 283-1162 and ask for a Tipsy Tow. The driver will transport the caller and vehicle home, but not to another party location. Sales, Installation & Service mental health and alcohol and other drugs into the behavioral health department and they have been interviewing for a director. Although the supervisors found a qualified applicant, they haven't agreed on a contract. "I'm asking you to rethink the decision to hire somebody," Heinlein told the supervisors. He said the department needed "someone who can hit the job running." While Heinlein did not name the individual during the board meeting, he did identify her in the letter that he presented to the board. "Hire Ms. Gail Zwier," he wrote. "Two of us have worked with Ms. Zwier in her current position previously and have only the highest regard and .... respect for her as a supervisor and director of a highly stable and successful Behavioral Health Department." Heinlein addressed two concerns that he thought prevented the board from reaching an accord with her -- salary and start date. "If this is a case of monies, the difference between the lowest salary for director and highest is minimal when you compare the time, cost and lack of leadership that affects the staff and county while we continue to look for not only a qualified candidate, but the right candidate," he wrote• "If time is the concern until she starts, it is likely that it will (530) 283-9039 Lic.#792070 "Without a strong, permanent director, we will continue to fall apart." Jacque Martinez Blanton Continuing Care Coordinator Mental Health take at least three to six months for someone to begin, IF we can find someone qualified and wants to come•" During his presentation Heinlein emphasized safety. "Keep the public safe and help support our staff," he said• C0workerJacque Martinez " : Blanton echoed Heinlein's ....... sentiments and read a letter to the board about the need to hire a leader• "Although this may be a bit of a dramatization, it feels as though a plague has crept over our department and is gaining momentum. The department feels unhealthy," she said. She mentioned an employee who had resigned and added that she fears others will follow or "go out on medical or stress leave•" She continued, "Though Pam Schaffer, our program chief, has valiantly attempted to promote morale, it is not enough; she is overwhelmed• Without a strong, permanent director we will continue to fall apart." Because their remarks came during public comment, the supervisors did not respond. However, during an interview following the meeting, Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said that she understood the employees' "degree of frustration." Thrall said that though the county is still recruiting for the position, it Wouldn't prevent discussions with the applicant favored by employees. V t