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Head of Adult and Family Services resigns

Phil Reinheimer announced his resignation Wednesday after four years of working as the director of Nevada County Adult and Family Services. He has accepted a job as director of the Colusa County Health and Human Services Agency.

The Adult and Family Services department is a part of Nevada County’s Human Services Agency. Its main responsibilities are providing services that protect and support families and disabled people, and helping job-seekers find and keep their jobs.

The Colusa County agency is smaller than the department in which Reinheimer currently works, he said, but it combines social services, community health, environmental health, and public adult and child services into one agency. The county itself is also smaller and is heavily influenced by ranching and farming.



In his new position, Reinheimer will be in charge of the entire agency rather than just one department, he said.

“It is an opportunity for me to move to an agency position that has several programs and to expand my professional sights to an agency situation,” Reinheimer said.




Reinheimer also said it was a good time to make the move because “my department is in relatively good condition budget-wise.” The department experienced budget cuts last year, but this year has been fairly unaffected by any cuts, he said.

Human Services Agency Director Jess Montoya will be responsible for deciding how the position is filled. He has two options, Reinheimer said. Montoya can choose to step in and fill the position himself, or he can appoint a new person.

Reinheimer said he will not play a direct part in helping Montoya fill the job.

“I think my role at this point is to ensure a smooth transition,” he said.

Reinheimer moved to the area in 2000 to accept his job with Nevada County. He moved here from Redding, where he lived for 10 years.

He said in an e-mail to his department announcing his resignation “these have been about the best four years of my professional life and I have you all to thank.”

Reinheimer said he and his wife will continue to live in the area. He plans to commute to Colusa five days a week. Reinheimer is a volunteer assistant member of the clergy at the Trinity Episcopal Church and says that he plans to continue volunteering on Sundays.

Reinheimer’s resignation from Nevada County will be effective July 19.


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