Friday, January 4, 2019

This Week in Pics

Grand Valley Transit drivers attended a “verbal judo” class that was presented by Sgt. Justin Montover with the Mesa County Sheriffs Office. Drivers learned how to de-escalate tense situations to ensure our riding public is safe and the buses keep moving.

From left: Shannon Hatch RiversEdge West, Teresa Nees, Sarah Wilson RiversEdge West. Teresa Nees was awarded Colorado Weed Management Association's "Weed Manager of the Year" at a recent CWMA annual conference in Grand Junction. Shannon Hatch with RiversEdge West nominated Teresa because of her work with REW and other organizations in the area to bolster invasive species management and awareness in our community. Congratulations, Teresa!

Assessor's Office Operations Support Manager George Salazar and his wife, Beverly, celebrate George's retirement, after 27 1/2 years of service to the residents of Mesa County. Congratulations!

Department of Human Services Executive Director Tracey Garchar shakes hands with Adult Services Division Director Grant Jackson and wishes him well in his new endeavor as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for STRIVE.

No adult services departure is complete without the customary "elder services grab bag." Grant Jackson was sent off in style at his farewell celebration.

Grant Jackson says his goodbyes as he leaves for his new position as CEO of STRIVE. Congratulations, Grant!
We wish Grant Jackson all the best in his new life venture.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Vernon Crary and Sgt. Roxie Hodson drop off gifts at Hope of the Grand Valley.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Crary, Sgt. Shawna Roundtree and Sgt. Tony Lee drop off gifts for families sponsored through Hope of the Grand Valley.

County Attorney Patrick Coleman bought mugs for his staff for Christmas as a gesture of gratitude.
Paralegal Sherri Jack and Legal Assistant Steven Martinez (two of the nicest people) receive their mugs with big smiles.

County Attorney's Office (CAO) personnel sit down for a meal in celebration of the Christmas holiday. This may be the first time that some of the staff is captured in a picture and many are not pictured here.

County Attorney Patrick Coleman and Chief Deputy County Attorney Jeremy Savage at the holiday social for County Attorney's Office staff members.

Staff prepares lunch in appreciation for all CAO staff. County Attorney Patrick Coleman (center) is excited to cut the ham.

Gifts and a cake for Steven Martinez whose birthday is Christmas Day!

Matt Vigil was motor vehicle's own personal Santa during the holiday season.

Mesa County Technical Support Specialist Paul Mitts put together a Secret Santa treasure hunt for GIS Senior Administrator Chris Kadel in the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. The following pictures capture Chris through his quest. Chris received the following message on a coffee bag: "Your gift you thought was only one. Be prepared now for extra fun. A second gift will test your measure. For now you hunt a pirate’s treasure."

Chris gets the first clue: "Oy, matey, if ye be seeking Christmas pleasure, you must find me buried treasure. If upon your voyages, ye do get lost, from first mate Underwood hints can be tossed. Help ye need now from Cap’n Moore. Upstairs ye go, to another floor."

Chris gets his second clue: "First clue ye solved on ye journey, but that be just one leg of the Tourney. Next ye go not so far. Head now toward the northern star." Pictured here Chris meets Sara Tourney and Jeremy Caudle.

Chris opens Sara's treasure chest for the next clue: "Doubloons be found in places dark and dusty, seek ye help now of someone Trustee."

Chris meets the Public Trustee Mike Moran and gets another clue: "Think ye that leg, was too easy? Up you go now, where it be breezy. Toward the crow’s nest, and up the ladder, known as stairs, toward those who matter. Seek ye now the golden lass, That blonde maiden with the dimples. This leg now, be not so simple."

Chris opens a treasure chest in Kristen's Office, alongside County Administrator Frank Whidden. Here is the next clue: "We sense’s now, frustration increases, seek ye now, some Reecy’s pieces. Chris found another clue in Stephanie Reecy's office: "Deserve ye those, some lovely pleasures, but those be not, me biggest treasures. Next ye sail across the seas. It be not far now, if you please. Ye journey has but two more laps, head ye down now, toward those with maps. Seek ye now a lass whose name, comes from a famous, silver plane. Known not for being supersonic, it dropped the first bomb that was atomic." And, just in case you are wondering, the plane is Enola Gay.

Chris opens Enola's treasure chest for another clue: "Head ye next to our Hawaiian lass, move it now, you’ve almost passed. Seek ye now, dungeons dark and dusty, treasure’s in a cave, that’s dank and musty."

X almost never marks the spot. The big treasure chest was in the closet off Leilani Boyle’s office.

The big treasure chest had this curse inside: "In pirate’s lore you have been versed, but now be warned this chest is cursed. Treasure, treasure is the best, so take the goodies, but not the chest."

The curse of the pirate's treasure. So, what did Chris think about this Secret Santa treasure hunt? Here is what he had to say: ' Thanks so much Paul for the awesome adventure around the courthouse where I was able to meet some other really nice people. I am truly blessed to work with such a great caring person. Also, thank you to all of you who helped Paul in creating my secret Santa treasure hunt experience."
Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) hosted their annual holiday cookie exchange and contest at the Powell facility, 636 South Ave.

Judges (left to right: Jason Talley, Jack Bryant and Dave Wetherald) had to taste and score 16 different types of cookies.

CJSD staff takes a short break during the lunch hour to visit and eat cookies during the holiday season. From left to right: Andriana Longwell, Pricila Otero, Angelica Manjarrez, Nick Brutosky, Alexis Brumbaugh, Christina Sullivan, Libby Raisch, Kimberly Fuoco, Miranda Kinnett.

CJSD Managers Mike Perry (left) and Nick Brutosky pause for a picture at the annual holiday cookie exchange and contest.

Miranda Kinnett (left), Matt Sullivan and Christina Sullivan. 

CJSD staff members Michelle Cooley (left), Jennifer Wells, and Libby Raisch wait for the results of the cookie contest.

Nick Brutosky gets ready to announce the winners of the cookie contest.

Judges and winners. From left to right: Jason Talley, Andriana Longwell, Dave Wetherald, Vicky Steve, and Jack Bryant. Congratulations, ladies!

CJSD Supervisors James Bruner (left) and Shawn McNamara.

Welcome,  Angelica Jestrovich (left) and Belinda Knisley and! They are the newest team members of the Clerk and Recorder's Office. 

Belinda signs her official deputy clerk oath. Belinda will serve as Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) taking the official minutes for all public hearings held by the BOCC.
Angelica will serve as first back-up to Clerk to the Board and will also be assigned to the motor vehicles division.
Barrett Jensen is passing the "trash" to the new Interim Solid Waste Director Jennifer Richardson. Here are a few words from Jensen: "It has been a great run Mesa County. Keep doing great things, and don't forget to reduce, reuse, recycle." Best of luck in all your future endeavors, Barrett!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Officials to be sworn into Office

Re-elected and newly elected county leaders will take oath Jan. 8

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis alongside several elected officials will be sworn into office Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. The public and members of the media are welcome to attend the ceremony.

The following electeds will be taking an oath of office:
Commissioner Scott McInnis (re-elected)
Assessor Ken Brownlee (re-elected)
Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters
Coroner Victor Yahn
Sheriff Matt Lewis (re-elected)
Surveyor Scott Thompson
Treasurer Sheila Reiner

The brief ceremony will be followed by refreshments and a chance to talk to your Mesa County elected officials.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m.
Where: old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., public hearing room on the second floor.