County News

September 6, 2013
Tulare County & Local Partners Offer Suicide Prevention Education

Suicide Prevention Week for 2013 is September 8 through 14 and the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, along with local partners, want residents to know about prevention resources.

California rates 44th in the nation in its rate of suicide deaths, but has a higher number of suicide deaths than any other state. Nationally, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death with one suicide occurring, on average, every 14.2 minutes. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds. The elderly make up 12.9% of the population, but comprise 15.9% of all suicides. Additionally, approximately 38,364 Americans died by suicide in 2010, leaving behind friends, family members, or loved ones who are deeply impacted by those suicide deaths.

September 6, 2013
Tulare County Fiscal Year 2013/14 Recommended Budget Available for Review

Tulare County's Fiscal Year 2013/14 Recommended Budget is now available for review.

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Tulare County is required by the State of California to balance its budget every year. This requires balancing incoming revenue (from property taxes, sales and other taxes, federal and state funding, fees and other funds) with outgoing expenses. The County Administrative Officer prepares a Recommended Budget for the Board of Supervisors to review and approve. The Board then makes budget decisions based on a set of budget priorities that are geared to maintaining critical services and keeping our residents safe and thriving.

The Board of Supervisors will consider adopting the recommended budget at its Sept. 17 meeting.

August 14, 2013
Tulare County Hires Assistant County Administrative Officer

Longtime City of Hanford administrator Mary Lindsay has been hired as the Assistant County Administrative Officer in Tulare County. Lindsay started August 12.

“We are pleased to bring someone into the Tulare County family with decades of public service expertise,” said Jean Rousseau, County Administrative Officer. “Mary will be a valuable asset to our organization for years to come.”

July 31, 2013
Supervisors Appoint Interim Human Resources Director

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today it appointed Rhonda Sjostrom as interim human resources director following the July 19 resignation of previous director Jeff Cardell.

Cardell, who served as the Tulare County human resources director since June 2011, has taken a position as director of the City of Fresno’s personnel services department.

Sjostrom, who has served as the county’s assistant human resources director since 2009, has been with Tulare County since 1987. Sjostrom has held management positions in the County Administrative Office and Human Resources. From December 2010 to June 2011, Sjostrom served as interim director following the retirement of former human resources director Tim Huntley.

July 16, 2013
Tom Tucker Appointed as Tulare County Assistant Ag Commissioner

Tom Tucker has been appointed to the position of Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer Marilyn Kinoshita announced today.

Tucker, who will assume his new position immediately, has served as Interim Assistant Agricultural Commissioner for the past seven months.

“In a relatively short time, Tom has proven himself to be extremely capable,” Kinoshita said. “Tulare County will benefit from his attention to detail as we remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the individuals, businesses and agricultural community of Tulare County. We congratulate Tom and are confident that he will serve our Ag industry and the public with dedication and the highest level of professional competency.”