County July 4 closings announced
Barton County business offices, the Health Department, Sheriff’s Office Records Division and the Landfill will be closed Thursday for Independence Day. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
As her mother watched from her home in Argentina, Dinorah Charbonneau, a Swiss Army knife of a clerk for Barton County, received the Employee Recognition Award from the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Employee Relations Committee recommends outstanding individuals for the Employees Recognition Award quarterly, and for the second quarter, the commission was asked to recognized Charbonneau. A “shared clerk” who spends time in multiple departments, she was nominated by the Appraiser’s Office staff.
“She transitions easily to different offices, provides translation services in Spanish as needed and is a positive force in the ERC,” said ERC Member BJ Wooding. She has spent time in the Appraiser’s Office, the Treasurer’s Office, Clerk’s Office and even the Sheriff’s Office.
“She goes over and above to help Barton County,” Wooding said, reading from the nomination. Always cheerful, positive and a dedicated employee, “we’ve all been touched by Dinorah in so many ways.”
In addition, she transitioned from her native Argentina to Barton County seemlessly, the nomination said. In fact, a fellow Appraiser’s Office coworker was using her cell phone to allow Charbonneau’s mom to observe the celebration.
“I’m happy to be a part of the Barton County family,” Charbonneau said. “It makes me feel so at home.”
She called out to her mother, thanking her. “I know she is so proud of me.”
“It is no small feat to bounce back and fourth between offices,” commission Chairwoman Jennifer Schartz said.
Barton County Commission meeting at a glance
Here’s a quick look at what the Barton County Commission did Monday morning:
• Presented an Employee Recognition Award to Dinorah Charbonneau, shared clerk in the Appraiser’s Office.
• Named Commissioner Jim Daily to the Golden Belt Humane Society Board of Directors. Beginning in 2009, the commission was allowed to appoint one member to the board in light of the county’s financial contribution to the organization.
• Heard a departmental update from County Administrator Phil Hathcock.