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Funding for juvenile detention education program tops county supervisors' agenda

PRESCOTT - The first meeting for the Yavapai County Supervisors in 2014 is 9 a.m. Monday at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building.

During the meeting, supervisors are expected to approve an agreement with the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to provide $125,423 in funding for the Juvenile Detention Education Program.

According to a staff report, the AOC has provided funding for the program for several years. The funds support a variety of programs that help detained youth complete high school, enter employment-training programs, and further their education. The program also facilitates youths' transition from correctional institutions back to the community, and provides transition support services for dropout prevention. The agreement will expire in June 2015.

Supervisors are also expected to recognize Yavapai County Detective Todd Swaim for his work related to a fraudulent Publisher's Clearing House scheme.

In October 2013, Swaim was contacted by the Wheatland Police Department in Wheatland, Wyo., regarding a fraud that may have occurred in the Cordes Lakes area of the county. A resident of Wheatland was scammed out of $7,500 by a fraudulent Publisher's Clearing House scheme, and the check was sent to an address in the Cordes Lakes. Swaim conducted an investigation into the possible scam and was able to help the victim recover a majority of the money.

Swaim also discovered a Loveland, Co., resident who was being defrauded of more than $60,000, which resulted in an ongoing investi-gation in that jurisdiction. His work with the local banking institution is credited with returning over $14,000 to the defrauded Colorado resident.

Also on the agenda:

• A presentation by Kathy Murphy, president and CEO of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.

• Request for approval of a hiring exception to fill the sole vacant Records Clerk position at the Verde Clerk's office.

• Approval of a proclamation declaring support for the "Start By Believing" public awareness campaign, which aims to help victims of sexual violence.

The Yavapai County Administrative Services Building is located at 1015 Fair Street in Prescott.

For more information on agenda items, visit the county's website at www.yavapai.us.

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