El Dorado County staff members recognized with state awards


From the South Tahoe Now.

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. – December 7, 2023 –  El Dorado County Health & Human Services staff member Mindi Paxiao was recognized at the 2023 Annual Chief Probation Officers of California Awards Ceremony with the Tim Fitzharris Award. The award acknowledges outstanding achievements in community corrections by honoring a non-probation employee who has made a substantial and noteworthy contribution. Eligible recipients may include volunteers, Juvenile Justice Commissioners, journalists, college professors, or others who have demonstrated excellence in their work within the corrections sector.

“Mindi’s experience in with probation offers a valuable perspective on the impressive journey she has undertaken in a remarkably brief timeframe,” noted El Dorado County Chief Probation Officer Brian Richart. “Not only has Mindi successfully rehabilitated herself, but she has also proactively sought ways to contribute by providing essential services to individuals involved, or at risk of involvement, in the community corrections system.”

Mindi Paxiao has demonstrated exceptional resilience and dedication in her journey, transitioning from being under formal supervision to becoming a valuable staff member at El Dorado County’s Health & Human Services Agency, embedded within the Probation Department. Her personal transformation and commitment to community improvement highlight the effectiveness of probation and correctional practices. Mindi’s advocacy and support for at-risk youth and justice-involved individuals have been instrumental in creating safer communities.

“Mindi’s consistent dedication and outstanding contributions to our mission deserve recognition,” commented Karen Pank, executive director of CPOC. “Her commitment has played a vital role in enhancing our efforts, leaving a lasting and positive mark on the correctional community. We value Mindi’s significant impact and appreciate her ongoing commitment to our shared goals.”

The CPOC Awards Committee evaluated submissions from probation departments throughout the state and selected awardees who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, commitment, and passion for their work. They highlight some of the best in the probation profession and system partners that push the envelope, going above and beyond to keep communities safe and help justice-involved individuals transform their lives in positive ways.

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