Veteran services

An administrative staff member will direct Veterans Services until the director is found

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors on Tuesday named Michelle Heppner as acting director of Veterans Services.

The announcement followed a closed session.

Heppner, the legislative, intergovernmental and public affairs officer for the county administrator’s office, will hold the position until a full-time director is found to replace Ted Puntillo.

She is a member of the United States Navy Reserves.

Puntillo was recognized at the reunion for his more than 10 years with the county and more than 55 years of public service, including four years in the U.S. military – two in Vietnam. He retires on December 29.

In other actions, the council:

• Recognized Gregory Williams, a business systems analyst in the Department of Information Technology, retired after 14 years with Solano County.
• Recognized Lori Butler Slappy, a tax collector manager, retiring after more than 37 years of service with Solano County. She began her career as a part-time clerk-typist in the probation service.
• Recognized Jim Leland, a senior planner with the Department of Resource Management, retiring after 14 years with the county. He is credited with the work of protecting the interests of Travis Air Force Base through county land use planning.
• Recognized Pamela Posehn, Director of Child Support Services, upon her retirement after more than 20 years with Solano County.
• Recognized Melinda Ingram, Auditor III, retiring after more than 20 years with Solano County.
• Recognized Janice Allen, Accounting Clerk II, retiring after more than 24 years with Solano County.
• Recognized Eleanor Herndon, Information Technology Analyst III, retired with over 25 years with Solano County.
• Recognized Maria Meyers, Benefits Eligibility Specialist II, retired with over 21 years with Solano County.
• Recognized Joanne Claveria Diaz, Senior Clerk of Legal Proceedings, retiring after more than 13 years with Solano County.
• Recognized Joyce Benefield, Senior Environmental Health Specialist, upon her retirement after more than 24 years with Solano County.
• Reappointed Jennifer Barton to the First 5 Commission, representing the 4th District, for a term ending December 14, 2025.
• Reappointed Jenalee Dawson to the Solano Partnership Against Violence, representing the 3rd District, for a term ending December 31, 2024.
• Reappointed Lisa Howard to the Agriculture Advisory Committee, representing the 3rd District, for a term ending January 1, 2026.
• Appointment of Keri Thomas, vice president of external affairs for the Sutter Health Valley region, to the Partnership HealthPlan of California Commission, to serve a term ending December 31, 2024.
• Approved the $1 million Intergovernmental Agreement with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, increasing the tribe’s contributions to the county to $4.75 million for a variety of needed health and social services. Supervisor Erin Hannigan noted that $100,000 of the new funding will go towards the development of a First 5 center in Fairfield.
• Approved $1,750 in contributions from the 2nd District General Fund Account to benefit the Benicia School District ($500), the Student Conservation Association ($500), the Solano Community College Foundation ($500), and the Hogan Middle School in Vallejo ($250).
• Approved $4,500 in contributions from the 5th District General Fund Account to benefit Leaders of Men ($1,000), the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club ($2,500), and the Boys State and Girls State programs of the American Legion Post 165 ($500 each).
• Solano County Fair Association management agreement extended through June.