Employers looking to hire first responders, health care staff at job fair | St. Tammany community news

Job seekers looking for careers in the health care industry or as a first responder can connect with critical regional employers hiring on April 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St.

“This is a great time to rethink your career options and you should consider one of the 800-plus opportunities across the growing health care industry on the north shore,” said Jennifer Barnett, director of operations and planning for Tri-Parish Works.

Tri-Parish Works is presenting the job fair in partnership with the City of Slidell, St. Tammany Parish Government, St. Tammany Corporation, St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, East St. Tammany Business Alliance, and GNO, Inc. It will feature 35 health care and first responder employers that are hiring entry-level, certified allied health positions, as well as administrative and professional staff for all areas of operations. The event will also give opportunity to explore low cost or free training opportunities in the health care industry through the MJ Foster Promise Program and other funding resources.

Tri-Parish Works is the public workforce organization serving St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The organization invests heavily in developing the skills of the workforce and assists businesses access quality workers. To register as a job seeker, and for more information, visit https://triparishworks.net/events, or contact Don Shea at (985) 646-3940.

The prospective employers have said they are anxious to fill openings. 

“We have open positions across all departments of our institution, and we welcome this chance to reach out to energetic and motivated applicants,” said Bronwyn Doyle, director of nursing workforce at St. Tammany Health System.

“You don’t necessarily have to work in a hospital to be working in health care,” said Fire Chief Kenneth Moore, of Mandeville Fire & EMS. “We’re hiring paramedics, firefighters, and EMT personnel, and with us you can be sure of a rewarding role in our community.”

“There is a great need right now for caregivers, CNAs, and others in the home care sector,” according to Joyce Snider-Donohue, General Manager of Home Instead. “We’re taking applications and are prepared to hire immediately.

Sheriff’s Office earns financial reporting honors

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has received both the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2022 budget and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.

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Both awards came from the Government Finance Officers Association, and the national awards represent a significant achievement by the agency and reflects the commitment of the agency and its staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting and financial reporting, Sheriff Randy Smith said.

In order to receive the budget award, the Sheriff’s Office had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communication device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.

Early voting continues through Saturday

Voters across St. Tammany can vote through April 23 if they favor a 1⁄7-cent sales tax to fund the District Attorney’s Office. The tax would generate an estimated $7.9 million annually and DA Warren Montgomery said the money would be dedicated exclusively to criminal prosecutions.

The DA’s office asked St. Tammany Parish Government for $6.4 million to operate the agency in 2022 but is slated to receive only $3.1 million of that request due to failure of previous tax proposals to fund the parish jail and courthouse.

The proposed 1/7-cent sales tax would go only to the District Attorney’s Office.

Early voting is being held daily from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at local Registrar of Voters’ offices, located at 601 N. Jefferson Ave. in Covington, at 520 Old Spanish Trail in Slidell and at 21490 Koop Drive, Building A near Mandeville. Identification is required to vote.

For more information on early voting, call (985) 809-5500 or (985) 646-4125.

The general election on the proposal will be held April 30.

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Eleanore Beatty

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