Social Services employee named to state council

By Greg Hunt

At the March 21 Isanti County Board meeting, Family Services Director Penny Messer was thrilled to share the news that one of her social services team members was appointed to a state council.

Roxanne Botz was recently named to Governor Mark Dayton’s “Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention.

“This is a huge honor for both Roxanne and Isanti County,” spoke Messer to the board. She further explained the council’s focus is to find assistance for young children with disabilities, in particular identifying needs as early as possible.

Along with her work for Family Services, Botz also sits on the Isanti County Interagency Early Intervention Committee.

Botz is the second Isanti County member to be named to a state council for this session. Last December, Commissioner Susan Morris was appointed by Gov. Dayton to the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Council.

Law Enforcement Explorer Post proposed

Also at the March 21 board meeting, Isanti Co. Deputy Douglass Barron gave an update on a new Explorer Post based on law enforcement careers that is being organized for the county.

Barron was a member of such an Explorer group when he was a high school student in Coon Rapids. It gave him an introduction into the lifestyle and knowledge needed to serve in law enforcement, he said.

Barron, along with Deputies Chad Meyer and Cassie Bollin, are coordinating their efforts with members of the three city police departments: Adam Gau in Isanti, Jesse Peck of Cambridge and Erik Anderson in Braham. The plan is for the Explorer group to meet once a month, with state meetings also in the mix. Explorer groups are an offshoot of the Boy Scouts of America, and they are for youth ages 14-21.

Barron said anyone interested in learning more about the Explorer chapter can contact him at the Isanti Co. Sheriff’s office, or get in touch with any of the city police officers previously named.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the Assessor’s Office reorganization moves of promoting Lorri Houtsma to full-time Appraiser and Loreen Lindsay to full-time Admin Assistant II.

• Approved Information Systems Coordinator Kristy Anderson’s request for $28,000 of computer upgrades for seven different Isanti County offices.

Next meeting: Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m.