Thornburg leaving county service after 23 years for Office of Education post

April 03, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

After 23 years of service to Imperial County, Deputy County Administrative Officer Janet Thornburg is leaving to work elsewhere.

She said she leaves the county with fond memories of fellow employees.

"I'll miss the people," she said. "I'll miss being able to help when I could help."

Thornburg said one of her fondest memories was from 1995 when colleagues put on a production in honor of her being selected employee of the month. She went on to be employee of the year.

"There have been many wonderful experiences," she said. "I work with a lot of really wonderful people whose care and attention they bring to the job is important."

Thornburg has accepted a job with the Imperial County Office of Education as interagency steering committee community coalition coordinator. The job involves working with county departments, law enforcement, courts, schools and ICOE departments that provide services to and for children. The job assignment is one of an assistant superintendent to maximize the collaborative efforts to provide services for children and families.


She said she'd been seeking employment better suited to her skills.

"I'm not leaving the county with any negative feelings," she said. "I'm really going to a job with a better match for me."

Thornburg was hired by the county as a youth program coordinator for the federal Comprehensive Employment Training Act, which eventually led to a job as CETA chief of operations, and then CETA director.

In 1988 she was hired by the county administrative office as a budget analyst and in 1991 became deputy county administrative officer.

Those contacted, and with whom Thornburg worked, said her efforts are appreciated.

Supervisors Chairman Tony Tirado said Thornburg is an excellent employee.

"She's a wonderful person and really dedicated to her work," he said. "I'm sorry to see her leave."

Tirado said ICOE Superintendent John Anderson is "picking up a helluva good person."

Supervisor Wally Leimgruber said Thornburg's attention to detail is excellent.

"The county has been very fortunate to have had an employee of the caliber of Janet Thornburg," he said. "She was very meticulous in her work. We'll sorely miss her."

Meanwhile, Thornburg's immediate supervisor, county Assistant Administrative Officer Robertta Burns, said she understands Thornburg's reasons for leaving.

"Janet is an exemplary employee," Burns said. "It's with great sadness for me that she's leaving."

Thornburg said she will miss Burns.

Thornburg's last day with the county is April 12.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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