County News

January 7, 2014
Supervisor Phil Cox to Serve as Chairman of the Board in 2014

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors elected a new Chairman on Tuesday, selecting District Three Supervisor Phil Cox to the top position.

Supervisor Cox replaces District Two Supervisor Pete Vander Poel, who served as Chairman in 2013. District Four Supervisor Steve Worthley was selected to serve as Vice Chairman. Each member of the Board of Supervisors performs the duties as chairman through a rotation process. The chairman is charged with setting and running weekly meetings and attending functions on behalf of the Board, among other additional duties.

“Pete took the bull by the horns last year and did a fantastic job,” Chairman Cox said. “His leadership was appreciated.”

December 26, 2013
County Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff in Remembrance of Deputy Meyst

Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel today requested all of United States flags to be flown at half-staff at all County buildings in remembrance of Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Meyst.
“Our thoughts are prayers go out to the family of Jeremy Meyst and all the families who have lost young men who died serving our County,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “Tulare County will fly our flags at half-staff and encourage individuals, businesses, and other organizations to join us in remembrance of Jeremy Meyst for his sacrifice.”

December 18, 2013
Lisa Bertolino Appointed Interim Public Defender

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today it appointed Lisa Bertolino as interim Public Defender following Michael Sheltzer’s appointment by Governor Jerry Brown to serve a judgeship in Tulare County Superior Court.

Bertolino, who has served as the county’s assistant public defender since 2003, has been with Tulare County since 1989. Prior to her career with Tulare County, Bertolino was a certified public accountant.

“Based on her experience within the department, the Board is confident Lisa will be able to maintain the integrity of the Public Defender’s Office,” said Pete Vander Poel, Board of Supervisors Chairman.

December 18, 2013
Tulare County Establishes Fraud Hotline

Tulare County Auditor-Controller, Rita A. Woodard, would like to announce the implementation of a new County of Tulare Fraud Hotline: 559-636-5230.

The County has financial and operating controls in place to provide reasonable assurance that fraudulent, illegal or dishonest activity by employees, officers, business contacts or others is prevented or detected.  However, the Auditor-Controller recognizes the potential for inappropriate activities and behavior still exists within the County, as it does in any organization.  To ensure our controls are effective, a fraud hotline has been established for whistle-blowers to report improper or inappropriate activities not identified by existing controls.

December 12, 2013
Tulare County Closer to Receiving $40 Million For New Correctional Facility

Tulare County is one step closer to receiving $40 million in state funds to replace the existing Men’s Correctional Facility and Day Reporting Center located north of Visalia.

A committee of the Board of State and Community Corrections recommended today to allocate $500 million to 15 counties for upgrading local jails to include rehabilitative program space that meets Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison and public safety realignment goals. The recommendations will be considered at the Board of State and Community Corrections meeting on Jan. 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.

“This is very exciting news for Tulare County,” said Pete Vander Poel, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “This is a facility that is certainly needed due to the influx of state prisoners as a result of realignment. I would like to commend the Tulare County team that put together the application that will ultimately meet a very important need.”

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said the recommendation is extremely good news for his department.

"I am so pleased with the positive collaborative effort from all of the County partners that made this proposal viable,” Sheriff Boudreaux said. “The future of this department and the County as a whole requires us to actively seek opportunities such as this to improve the infrastructure of our Detention Facilities. Our team has been diligently working on this project, making several trips to Sacramento. I am excited for the project and for the future of our department."