November 2017 - Newsletter
Washington County Judge
In my effort to focus on the most effective programs and services to strengthen our county, I am proud of our leadership and our employees! I am pleased with how they are performing. We came together to develop our Mission, Vision, and Values.
To provide a better public service to all citizens and employees of Washington County.
To create an exemplary county in Arkansas in both services and leadership.
- Stewardship - We will be responsible for all entrusted to us
- Transparency - We will communicate openly and with integrity
- Intentional - We will commit to process improvement for better services and performance
- Citizen-centric - We will work with a focus on citizens in the county
- Knowledge - We will look to ensure our employees have the tools and resources they need to serve
- Safety - We will work with excellence, placing security and safety of our citizens and employees first - always!
This Thanksgiving I get to share my gratefulness for all of you – the citizens of Washington County. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our elected officials, mayors and our incredible county employees who work daily to serve you better. It has been a tremendous year and I am grateful to be your County Judge. May your time with family and friends during this Thanksgiving Holiday bring relaxation, laughter, and appreciation for your many blessings.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Blessings on you and yours!
~ Judge Wood
The Presidential Proclamation by President Theodore Roosevelt from 109 years ago
Once again the season is at hand when, according to the ancient custom of our people, it becomes the duty of the President to appoint a day of prayer and of thanksgiving to God.
Year by year this Nation grows in strength and worldly power. During the century and a quarter that has elapsed since our entry into the circle of independent peoples we have grown and prospered in material things to a degree never known before, and not now known in any other country. The thirteen colonies which straggled along the seacoast of the Atlantic and were hemmed-in but a few miles west of tidewater by the Indian haunted wilderness, have been transformed into the mightiest republic which the world has ever seen. Its domains stretch across the continent from one to the other of the two greatest oceans, and it exercises dominion alike in the arctic and tropic realms. The growth in wealth and population has surpassed even the growth in territory. Nowhere else in the world is the average of individual comfort and material well-being as high as in our fortunate land.
For the very reason that in material well-being we have thus abounded, we owe it to the Almighty to show equal progress in moral and spiritual things. With a nation, as with the individuals who make up a nation, material well-being is an indispensable foundation. But the foundation avails nothing by itself. That life is wasted, and worse than wasted, which is spent in piling, heap upon heap, those things which minister merely to the pleasure of the body and to the power that rests only on wealth. Upon material well-being as a foundation must be raised the structure of the lofty life of the spirit, if this Nation is properly to fulfil its great mission and to accomplish all that we so ardently hope and desire. The things of the body are good; the things of the intellect better; the best of all are the things of the soul; for, in the nation as in the individual, in the long run it is character that counts. Let us, therefore, as a people set our faces resolutely against evil, and with broad charity, with kindliness and good-will toward all men, but with unflinching determination to smite down wrong, strive with all the strength that is given us for righteousness in public and in private life.
Now, Therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, do set apart Thursday, the 26th day of November, next, as a day of general thanksgiving and prayer, and on that day I recommend that the people shall cease from their daily work, and, in their homes or in their churches, meet devoutly to thank the Almighty for the many and great blessings they have received in the past, and to pray that they may be given the strength so to order their lives as to deserve a continuation of these blessings in the future.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this thirty-first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eight, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and thirty-third.
By the President:
ALVEY A. ADEE, Acting Secretary of State.
pets Animal Shelter
Angela Ledegerwood extends a heartfelt thanks to her crew and the volunteers. Reminder: Subaru’s Share the Love Dealership Event is underway, benefits Animal Shelter.
Contact us at: (479)695-3450
Tony Wappel appreciates Ms. Judy Drummond of 22 years with the County and the elected officials for helping to manage his business and complete various projects this year.
domain Buildings & Grounds
Dwight Gonzales is most thankful to his Building & Grounds Crew , Maintenance Team and County Leadership for supporting his team.
Ashley Farber gives thanks to her staff wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving.
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John Luther is appreciative of the work his group has done and getting them re-graded as their roles and responsibilities have been increased.
nature_people Environmental Affairs
Michelle Viney shared her thanks to the County for the opportunity to lead our Environmental Affairs Department and the success of her staff. The partnership with Boston Mountain will continue and Michelle will continue to partner with the county. Thank you Michelle for your service and leadership!
assignment Grants Admin
Sharon Lloyd thanks Jamie, the elected officials and directors for their work and support in procuring grants for the county outpacing last year total grants.
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Michael Watson tips his hat to his staff, department heads and elected officials wishing them a blessed Thanksgiving.
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John Adams and the IT Team have been busy and grateful to all for their support throughout the year as they manage technology upgrades to include implementing changes, managing security, databases and platforms.
supervisor_account Juvenile Detention
Jeane Mack extends her thanks to her wonderful staff and appreciates the work of going above and beyond this year managing through staff changes and client up-tick.
Glenda Audrain wishes all county employees, staff and Library Board members Happy Thanksgiving. Reminder: Grab a good book after a great meal with family and friends.
Jim Kimbrough is thankful for such a diverse, driven and growing team. Many projects have been completed and already anticipating plans for 2018.
Alisha Willett is appreciative of her team and the work they provide in serving the departments and elected officials. Happy Thanksgiving all!
Charles Ward & Brad Phillips are thankful to the citizens of the county who have supported them this year through The April Floods of 2017. Special thanks to the road team, office staff and Lanie Miller from the County Attorney’s Office - who made it all happen while keeping permits, paperwork and safety as a focus.
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Josh Medina wishes his staff, all of our volunteers, Veterans and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving.