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Keep a job for 30 years? These Placer workers did

Placer Board of Supervisors recognizes longtime job holders
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Veteran Placer County employees and well-wishers packed the Board of Supervisors chambers Tuesday and spilled out into the corridor of the County Administrative Center in Auburn for the annual recognition of those who have served the longest.

The county recognized 14 employees for reaching the 30-year milestone: Nancy Aplanalp, Sandra Bozzo, Carol Brodeur, Kathleen Fenley, James Helling Jr., Kelly Leitzel, Matthew Lewis, Nicole Lopez, Jake Mucher, Todd Nishikawa, Sashi Shankar, Paula Shostek, Debra Smith, Cordon Snyder.

Elected officials and department heads were recognized for their years of service including Sheriff Devon Bell and Library Services Director Mary George, who both are at 25 years with the county.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

- Lori Woods was presented with a commendation for 20 years of dedicated service, including leading the development of the county’s employee intranet website, MyPlacer, helping guide many winning county entries at the California State Fair counties exhibit and — most recently — welcoming all new hires through her role in the new orientation program. She currently leads the county’s employee engagement and internal communications efforts.

- Supervisors approved a new sonar system to be used to assist the Sheriff’s Office with underwater rescue and recovery operations. The new unit from Marine Sonic Technology of Yorktown, Va. Replaces an outdated unit in need of replacement. Funding of $37,000 will come from a state Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Boating and Waterways equipment grant. The new scanner provides a high-resolution picture with automated adjustments that can be made without pulling the unit out of the water.

- Supervisors approved a commendation for supervising building inspector Kirk Smith for 31 years with Placer County. Smith’s service in the Tahoe area included implementing “over-the-counter” Tuesday’s and the development of several projects, including Squaw Valley Village and Lahonton.

- The Placer County Sheriff’s Office gained purchase approval for 20 Paraclete Ballistic vests and accessories. Supervisors approved a bid to sell the vests to the county for $68,073 from Calls LLC of Cerritos. The Calls bid was the only one deemed responsive on the Point Blank product.