Monday, May 22, 2017

The 2nd Annual- Western Slope Celebration of Excellence

A celebration hard work and resilience
The Mesa County Child Welfare Department is hosting the 2nd Annual Western Slope Celebration of Excellence.

This is a celebration of youth in foster care, DYC, Probation and School District 51 as they graduate. Some youth have been homeless or have been involved in the legal system. During the month of May, we recognize and celebrate the successes of these young people as they are graduating high school or receiving their GED.

The celebration is scheduled for Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Mesa County Workforce Center from 4:00-6:00pm. 

"These young people have made tremendous strides to get this point in their lives.  It is time to recognize their hard work and resilience.  We are proud to honor them as they move into adulthood," said Kari Daggett, Child Welfare Permanency Manager, at the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

The keynote speaker will be R-5 Educator, Al Kreinberg. Kreinberg has over 25 years of experience working and inspiring youth.

Colorado Welfare Fraud Council Awards

Mesa County Deputy District Attorney, Holley Prosecutor of the Year
Mesa County, CO—The Mesa County Department of Human Services and Mesa County District Attorney’s Office are pleased to announce that a Deputy DA from the 21st Judicial District has been awarded Prosecutor of the Year by the Colorado Welfare Fraud Council (CWFC).  Deputy District Attorney; George Holley is this year’s recipient of the prestigious award.
Mr. Holley has been with the District Attorney’s office for over 2 years and was nominated by Mesa County Department of Human Service’s
Investigator Matt Furphy.
With little-advanced notice, Mr. Holley took over and successfully prosecuted Mesa County’s first known welfare fraud jury trial resulting in 7 felony charges.
Furphy attributes Mr. Holley’s diligent work, enthusiasm, and teamwork with the Department of Human Services as the reason for the convictions
Furphy described Holley in the following way:

“After speaking with me for the first time since the case was assigned to him from a previous DDA, DDA Holley essentially started the whole case from scratch with preparations, personally going out in the community to have affidavits notarized, contacting different sources (including a witness from the Secretary of State), putting numerous hours in to understand our rules/regulations and also creating the presentations for his prosecution.  From what I observed, he barely had time to eat lunch because he was working so hard to try and make this case successful.

During the course of the jury trial, DDA Holley displayed his knowledge of the law, had to set the judge straight on rulings multiple times and had to counteract multiple defense objections. DDA Holley also involved me with ensuring he was on the correct path with Food Assistance, TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Medical Assistance and LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program) rules.

 “DDA Holley does outstanding work for us here in the District Attorney’s Office, he is truly deserving of this statewide recognition.” said Mesa County District Attorney, Dan Rubinstein.

 Prosecutor of the Year award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution and/or shown excellence in the prosecution of welfare fraud.
The Colorado Welfare Fraud Council (CWFC) is a non-profit statewide organization comprised of city, county, state, and federal employees who work in some capacity
with the various public assistance programs available to people in Colorado.  The members are dedicated to the detection and prevention of fraud in all public assistance

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