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New veterans services officer hired

Anyone who walks into the Douglas County Veterans Services Office will be greeted by two new faces.

Jacob Turner has been hired as the new veterans services officer and Rhonda Fuchs was hired as the assistant veterans services officer.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved Turner's appointment at the Tuesday, April 3, board meeting, and his official start date was the next day. Fuchs was hired earlier this year, and officially started on Feb. 2.

The board approved a four-year contract with Turner, with the first 12 months serving as a probationary period. After one year, Douglas County commissioners will revisit the idea of making the veterans services office its own department. Currently, it is under the social services department.

Douglas County Social Services Director Laurie Bonds, who was in charge of the hiring process for the veterans services officer, said there were 17 applicants for the position.

She said during the interview process, applicants were asked how they could uphold the office's mission to serve veterans and their families.

"Jacob expressed a true passion and respect for serving others, especially veterans, and providing good customer service by assisting veterans with securing state and federal benefits or other resources," Bonds said.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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