Actuarial services, guest speaker approval on consent agenda

Once again, it was the consent agenda as usual as the Plumas County Board of Supervisors gave an affirmative nod to departmental requests and activities under the consent agenda, Tuesday, Jan. 29.

One consent agenda request, a resolution concerning the county treasurer’s role with investments, was tabled until February.


Plumas County Department of Social Services Director Neal Caiazzo requested board approval for a contract between social services and the American Program Bureau (APB) Inc. for training not to exceed $11,000. The funding is allocated from Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) funds. APB is a company that provides qualified speakers within given fields. It is based in Massachusetts.


Senate Bill 855, Chapter 29, that established a state-funded program to counties and administered by the California Department of Social Services for those counties that chose to participate, formed the CSEC Prevention Program in September 2014.

“Plumas County has been opted in since 2015,” Caiazzo explained in his report to supervisors. “And has created an interagency protocol which includes Plumas Probation, Behavioral Health and Public Health to name a few.”

The program offers a multi-disciplinary response for identified victims of child sex trafficking and children who are at-risk of becoming victims.

Caiazzo said that last year the county was allocated $74,300 and didn’t use that entire amount. “The proposed contract is to bring a well-known trainer to Plumas County for a recruitment effort for RFA (Resource Family Approval program) families for CSEA and at-risk youth,” he said.

According to the request’s scope of work, training can also include client service professionals, teachers and nurses among others who would benefit from the training.


Regina Louise is the planned speaker for this year’s training.

Louise has been awarded the United States Department of Human Services Individual Achievement Award for reducing the number of minority children in foster care through adoption. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has also honored her for her services in helping their foster youth.

“By the time she was 16, Ms. Louise lived in — and failed to adjust to — far too many foster homes, group homes and psychiatric facilities,” according to her APB biography.

Louise found a way to survive and to recover from her childhood experiences and is now the author of the memoir “Somebody’s Someone.”

“This remarkable memoir shines the light on the plight of children with no parent to wake them up with a gentle kiss, to send them off to school with a packed lunch, to read them a bedtime story as they fall off to sleep,” according to one review of “Somebody’s Someone.”


While that memoir was published in 2008, her newest work “Someone Has Led This Child to Believe: A Memoir,” was released in July 2018.

Louise will be presenting at the Plumas Sierra Fairgrounds in Quincy on April 19. The building and time have not been designated yet. The program is open to the public.

Behavioral Health contract

While a contract to cover telephone services at Wellness Centers in Portola, Greenville and Chester was held for additional information, Behavior Health Director Tony Hobson was back again with another request. This time it was for an amended contract for services with Kings View Corporation. “Their services are required to complete Behavioral Health Services’ state and county mandated cost reports and revenue expenditure reports,” Hobson explained.

The amendment for services is $38,050.

Actuarial services

Plumas County Auditor/Controller Roberta Allen requested that supervisors approve a contract with Howard E. Nyhart Company. This is for actuarial services and reports for post-employment benefits.


Allen explained that this was effective beginning this fiscal year.

Vacancy in engineering

Supervisors gave their approval to hire a part time recording secretary in the Plumas County Engineering Department.

County engineer Bob Perreault requested that he be allowed to fill a vacancy for recording secretary.

The position is in the department’s budget.

Renegotiation of employment

When the Rogers Field airport manager tendered his resignation recently, one of the reasons was that Kiwani Murphy hadn’t received a pay increase since 2014.

Kevin Correira, director of the Department of Facility Services and Airports, explained that since Murphy began the job in 2014 he “has become a very valuable and extremely knowledgeable person on the daily workings of the airport and a great liaison for the fire base across the way.”

Correira said that Murphy is expected to put in lots of overtime in the spring, summer and fall, especially during fire season. He said the increase in Murphy’s wages and benefits would come from the county’s airports budget.