Mille Lacs County employees recognized

Front: Faye Thayer (eligibility worker), Joyce Sproessig (lead eligibility worker), Stefanie Dillan (lead eligibility worker), Sheri Renner (eligibility worker), Tracey Hunt (case aide), and Heather Glem (lead eligibility worker). Back: Autumn Glassing (eligibility worker), Mary O’Brien (eligibility worker), Aimee Paxton (eligibility worker), and Brittany Johnson (eligibility worker). Missing from the picture are Stephanie Love, Debbie Hackett, Erin Pieper, and Natalie Kelash who are all eligibility workers.

At the Nov. 5 regular Mille Lacs County Board meeting, Beth VanderPlaats, financial assistance supervisor, recognized county financial workers as Gov. Walz recently declared Wednesday, Oct. 16 “County and Tribal Financial Worker and Case Aid Day.”

VanderPlaats stated she received a letter from Gov. Walz. The letter stated that county and tribal financial workers and case aids are dedicated to providing outstanding service to the people of Minnesota through their administration of public assistance programs. The letter went on to say that these financial workers are responsible for the prudent expenditure of millions of dollars annually and must meet high standards of job performance in determining eligibility for public assistance. The letter added that their duties require them to be well-versed in a number of areas and that they are continually expanding their knowledge, skills and expertise. He concluded by stating that it is important to recognize the valuable services “in giving culturally responsive case management and accessible community services with a person-centered focus.”

VanderPlaats congratulated the county employees, stating, “Our job often goes without appreciation from the public,” adding she was grateful for the recognition.

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