County News

October 2, 2013
Tulare County Appoints Human Resources & Development Director

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Rhonda Sjostrom as the Human Resources & Development Director.

Sjostrom has worked for Tulare County for more than 26 years, where she has held management positions with the County Administrative Office and Human Resources & Development. Most recently, Sjostrom served as Assistant Human Resources Director since September 2009.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said the Board was pleased to hire an internal candidate out of a pool of 50 applicants.

“Rhonda has been a dedicated employee for 26 years and knows our organization extremely well,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “She is committed to cutting edge improvements within the department to assure it functions at a high level.”

September 20, 2013
Tulare County Library Programs Awarded Statewide Recognition

Two Tulare County Library programs have received statewide recognition for providing digital access to teens and more access to books for all residents.

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) awarded Tulare County’s “Teen Digital Media Lab” with a Challenge Award and the “Your Library in More Places” program also received a Merit Award for its efforts to place book machines in rural, unincorporated communities as part of its annual Challenge Awards program. CSAC staff will attend Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to present the awards.

“CSAC is validating something that we already knew here in Tulare County: our Library is doing a great job in finding innovative ways to promote their programs and keep the community engaged,” said Pete Vander Poel, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We are extremely honored to receive these accolades and are proud of the Library staff.”

September 17, 2013
Supervisors Approve $1 Billion Budget

Tulare County will begin to put more money into reserves, pay down more debt, and fund one-time projects to improve services thanks to a balanced $1 billion spending plan approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel said for the second straight year Tulare County did not face a General Fund deficit going into the budget process.

“Not facing a budget deficit for the second straight year means we can focus on improving our organization as a whole and continue to provide important services to Tulare County residents,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “I would like to thank all department heads and employees for their excellent work.”

September 19, 2013
National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 24

Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, would like to remind residents that September 24, 2013 is National Voter Registration Day.

Voter registration cards are available at libraries, Post Offices and the Department of Motor Vehicles throughout Tulare County. Interested residents can also visit the Elections Office at 5951 S. Mooney Blvd. and pick up a registration card.

September 11, 2013
County Seeks Residents to Fill Vacancies On Boards, Commissions, and Special Districts

Tulare County residents who want to get more involved in public policy can do so by filling vacancies on various boards, commissions, and special districts.

From agriculture and health care to air pollution and assessment appeals, there are 51 vacancies available on more than 20 boards, commissions, and special districts.

Tulare County Chief Clerk of the Board Michelle Baldwin said there are several vacancies that have been historically tough to fill due to the specific qualifications that certain positions require. The Clerk of the Board Office is charged with accepting and processing applications for appointment.

“All vacancies represent a great opportunity for people to get involved in public policy and their community,” Baldwin said. “However, some have been tougher to fill because of the expertise needed.”