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Lamar Henderson
Public Information Officer
Boone County, MO
573-886-4312
lhenderson@boonecountymo.org

Boone County Week in Review

for the week ending Saturday, June 4, 2011

COLUMBIA, MO, June 3, 2011

Things you might have missed

Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway selected to leadership role with Insurance Accounting and Systems Association
Treasurer Galloway will serve as secretary for organization representing half of Missouri

Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway was selected as secretary of the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association chapter that represents the eastern half of Missouri at the organization’s quarterly meeting. Her term begins immediately.

“IASA is an organization that allows me to bring best practices from private industry and put them to work for Boone County,” Treasurer Galloway said. “It is critical we have representation and a voice at the table; a voice that brings value and advocates for our businesses on a statewide and national level.”

Treasurer Galloway will serve as secretary of the chapter representing eastern Missouri. The chapter has about 100 members from throughout the insurance and financial industry. She was chosen largely because she is Treasurer, and has more than four years experience as an actuary and as a certified public accountant.

The Insurance Accounting and Systems Association is a non-profit, education association focused on enhancing the knowledge of insurance professionals and partners by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas.

About Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway

Treasurer Galloway is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner. She is responsible for ensuring county money is invested safely and securely, that investments meet the liquidity necessary for the county’s cash flow needs and that investments achieve the best return possible. Her duties also include receiving, disbursing and investing all funds for the county, ensuring that monies are correctly segregated into separate funds as required by law and administering unclaimed property. She issues all county general obligation bonds and revenue bonds.

Nicole Galloway, Treasurer

Schwartze to participate in Special Olympics World Summer Games Torch Run

Public Safety Joint Communications and the Office of Emergency Management Director Zim Schwartze will soon depart for Athens, Greece, to participate in the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics World Summer Games Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg, June 9-25.

The LETR Final Leg Team consists of 145 international members, which includes 101 law enforcement officer runners, 10 Special Olympics athletes and support personnel. They will serve as “Guardians of the Flame.” The Flame of Hope is lit before the World Games and passes through all host towns to honor the spirit of the Special Olympics global movement. Ceremonies will be held throughout Greece.

 “I am truly honored to have been chosen as the Missouri delegate to carry the Flame of Hope in Greece. It is so important that law enforcement officers continue to spread the word about our Special Olympics athletes and promote respect, acceptance and inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities,” Schwartze said.

Schwartze was chosen from law enforcement officers across the State of Missouri for her years of work with Special Olympics. She has been involved with fundraising, events and education about Special Olympics since the early 1990s when she became a police officer in Columbia.

The LETR, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is the movement’s largest grassroots fundraiser and public relations vehicle for Special Olympics. More than 85,000 international law enforcement officers have carried the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics opening ceremonies.

From June 25 to July 4 in Athens, 7,500 Special Olympics athletes from 185 nations will compete in 22 Olympic-type sports during the World Summer Games.

Scott Smith, Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management

Photo essay: Boone County Video Tourbook

Shots of videographer Yasin Abdulmateen capturing video around Boone County for the Boone County Video Tourbook.

www.showmeboone.com/commission/webpublish/pressReleases/photoessay03/content/index.html

Lamar Henderson, Public Information

Residents should beware of asphalting scam

The Attorney General's office of the State of Missouri notified the Boone County Sheriff's Department this week about several incidents of asphalting scams including one where an elderly woman was swindled out of $11,000 in the Route OO area near Hallsville.

The suspects are hauling a roller and reportedly driving new Dodge pickup trucks and a dump truck. On Friday, May 27, a citizen in the 12100 block of North Route Z told deputies a man stopped at her home offering to do asphalting with materials "left over" from a nearby job. This approach is a typical ruse used by scammers.

The Sheriff's Department urges citizens to be wary of unsolicited offers by asphalters, roofers or other types of home improvement sales people. Legitimate and reputable companies in these industries do not do business in this manner.

Before agreeing to any extensive home improvement project a citizen should seek out bids from different companies based on recommendations from friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Companies who use high pressure sales tactics which include demanding payment up front should be avoided.

For more information contact the Sheriff's Department at 875-1111 or the Attorney General's office at 800-392-8222.

Tom O’Sullivan, Sheriff’s Department

The Boone County (Randomly Selected) Employee of the Week
Georganne Bowman and Penelope the Peacock
Georganne Bowman

What is your job title?

Stormwater Coordinator

Where do you work?

Resource Management, third floor of the Government Center

What are the three most important tasks you do in your job?

When did you start work with Boone County?

June 30, 2008. It's a day that will live in infamy

What do you like most about working for Boone County?

I've been given tons of flexibility to develop the County's stormwater program. The fantastic staff of the engineering department, inspectors, and of course county counselor have always been willing to help when needed.

What do you do for fun?

President of the Local Toastmasters club, and a proud Marine Mom. I also love to ride my bike on the trail, hike and spend time with my dogs, Harley and Drake

What is something your coworkers would be surprised to learn about you?

I played the violin in middle school, and the string bass and bells at Kearney High School.

Lamar Henderson, Public Information

Job opportunities

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for Custodian, Office Specialist: Civil Process, Office Specialist: Warrants Division, Corrections Officer, and Deputy Sheriff: Roster Eligibility Only. For more details about these positions, or to apply, visit www.showmeboone.com/hr.

Kara Coustry, Human Resources

In the news

Festival brings the spirit, sound of ‘Blind’ Boone back to life

John William Boone, born in 1864, had his eyes removed to reduce brain swelling as a 6-month-old. But his severe talent and intellect were left intact, and “Blind” Boone became the man historians link to the flourishing of ragtime music. | Columbia Daily Tribune

Agencies look to join records systems

More than two years ago, when Columbia and Boone County law enforcement offices began researching how to streamline their digital record systems, the estimated cost of the project was just less than $1 million. | Columbia Daily Tribune

Boone County, Columbia cite growing collaboration

Columbia’s new city manager said he continues to be impressed by “remarkable” cooperation between Boone County and the city. “Nationwide, you don’t find a lot of cities and counties that play that well together,” Mike Matthes said during a county-led meeting on city-county cooperation yesterday at City Hall. “This is incredibly rare.” | Columbia Daily Tribune

Partners begin crafting stormwater plan

Now that pollution reduction standards are in place for Hinkson Creek, Boone County and its stormwater permit partners must come up with a plan to restore the creek’s health. | Columbia Daily Tribune

Have an item for Week in Review?

Do you have something coming up that you want to share? Send it in! Let us know what’s coming up in your week that your colleagues may be interested in, or what happened in the previous week that everyone should know. Contact Lamar Henderson, Boone County Public Information Officer, at 886-4312 or lhenderson@boonecountymo.org; the deadline for next week’s Week in Review is 5 p.m., Thursday, June 9.

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Media Contact:
Lamar Henderson
Public Information Officer
Boone County, MO
573-886-4312
lhenderson@boonecountymo.org