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County honors veteran workers

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors faced a packed house Tuesday. But instead of heading off a controversy, the board was handing out service awards to 143 county employees.

The awards handed out Tuesday were to employees who have been with the county continuously in multiples of five years. Of the 143 honored, John Baxley, Sheriff’s Department; Gary Black, probation; Daniel Forbes, road maintenance; and Martin Penaluna, road maintenance, have been with the county 30 years. Six people have logged 25 years, while a dozen have worked for the county for two decades. The remainder have been at work between five and 15 years.

Board Chair Robin Sutherland, who worked for the state of California for 17 years, said she could relate to the highs and lows of being a government employee.



“Although you work very hard, they are often thankless (hours),” she said. “Without all the people here, this county wouldn’t operate.”

Supervisors come and go, said Supervisor Barbara Green, “but it is you guys who are the guts of this county.”




After the awards were handed out, the supervisors hosted a lunch at the Nevada City Elks Lodge for the honored employees.


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