Fund established to honor a former county employee

  After two hours of discussion regarding a new contract for sheriff’s employees May 21, the fight appeared to go out of the Plumas County supervisors and they approved the next several agenda items with little or no debate.

  In addition to green-lighting three music festivals (see related story), they also authorized the probation department to fill a vacant position, approved budget transfers for both the probation and sheriff’s departments, amended a personnel allocation in social services and delineated the roles of social services and the Child Abuse Prevention Council.

  But they rallied when the subject of honoring former social services employee Betty Cortez-Young came before them.

  Cortez-Young died April 9 while performing her duties as a social services employee. She had been with the department for 39 years.

  Social Services Director Elliott Smart said he had been approached by many people who wanted to contribute to a fund to build or purchase a bench that would be placed outside the courthouse annex to honor her.

  He asked the supervisors to establish such a fund to be controlled by the county auditor.

  “The Department notes that it is the very rare circumstance where an employee experiences a career of the length that Betty’s did and still be in service to the County at the time of her passing,” Smart wrote in his request.

  Supervisor Sherrie Thrall suggested that his request be amended so that there would be more flexibility in the type of bench that could be selected.

  She said that she anticipated enough funds would be collected so that a stone or marble bench could be purchased, which would better withstand the elements.

  The supervisors voted to establish the fund to accept private donations for the memorial bench.

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