West, commissioners recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Brown County Judge Ray West stands with Child Welfare Board members after West and county commissioners signed a proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Pictured with West are Cotton Wood, Kay Wilson, Sherry Clark, Linda Gossett, Susan Gilger, Suzanne Johnson and Glenna Brownlee.

Brown County Commissioners acknowledged April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month during their Monday morning meeting and approved the appointment of Debbie Krischke as a new board members.

Other vacancies on the board exist, board Chairwoman Sherry Clark told commissioners.

Krischke, who has passed her background check, has "expressed her desire to help children in need," Clark said.

Brown County Judge Ray West and commissioners signed a proclamation declaring:

• Nearly 225,000 children in Texas are reported as abused or neglected every year, and more than 17,000 are in foster care.

• Child prevention abuse is a community responsibility and finding solutions depends on involvement among all people.

• Communities must make every effort to promote programs that benefit children and their families.

• Effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among agencies, schools, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community.

• Everyone in the community should become more aware of child abuse prevention and consider helping parents raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment.

The proclamation also asked that people wear a blue shirt, dress, tie or ribbon on Wednesday, April 9, and on all Fridays in April.

In other business Monday, commissioners:

• Agreed to leave the ban on outdoor burning in place.

• Approved a request by District Clerk Jan Brown to promote Amanda Bundick to chief deputy.

• Approved a request by Chief Sheriff's Deputy Bobby Duvall to hire a new jailer and new medical medical clerk. Both are replacements for former employees. Duvall said the sheriff's office will try to find a new code enforcement deputy by first opening up the position internally. In the meantime, deputies are helping with code enforcement issues in addition to patrol duties, Duvall told commissioners.