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March 26, 2014

County welcomes 2 new new Extension Agents

ORANGE — Orange County Commissioners Court welcomed new Extension Agent  Family and Consumer Sciences Fallon Foster and Extension Agent 4-H and Youth Development Christina Perez.

Both will start on April 14.

Foster currently serves as the Child Programs Coordinator with the Southeast Texas Food Bank which also oversees the Back Pack ad School Tools Programs in 28 schools in Jefferson County.

“It is like coming home,” Foster said.

Foster also serves on the Health Advisory Board of West Orange Elementary School and volunteers at Christus St. Elizabeth Dowlen Nursing Center.

Perez, from Weslaco in Hidalgo County, Texas, currently serves as the Hidalgo County Extension Agent  4-H and Youth Development. She has held the position for two years.

“I am looking forward to working with the county and the children of the county,” Perez said.

District Extension Administrator Dale A, Fritz, Ph.D. introduced the new agents to the commissioners during the Monday afternoon meeting.

“Both ladies have excellent qualifications and experience,” Fritz said.

Foster is filling the position previously held by Paula Tacker.

Marie Kenney held the position Perez will now hold.

In other court business, the Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt presented budget cost reductions and cost saving measures implemented by the office since 2009.

The presentation showed more $442,800 in savings.

“We revised our take home car policy for out of county personnel who are not considered essential, or likely to be called out during working hours,” Merritt said.

The office also used over $1 million in drug forfeiture funds to purchase equipment and software.

“The reductions were something we did collectively as an agency over the past five years,” Merritt said.

Merritt said he presented the report to update the court of the steps the office has taken towards minimizing the budget.

 

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