Hennepin County District 2 Commissioner Irene Fernando – February News
February 8, 2019
I took an oath to serve Hennepin County to the best of my ability. I feel the weight of this commitment every day, and I am excited to share some updates with you!
Please reach out with questions, comments, or to learn more about how to get involved.
Child protection staff describe the work in their own words
Each year, Hennepin County’s more than 400 child protection staff receive more than 20,000 reports of suspected child maltreatment. Child protection social workers perform some of the county’s most difficult, heart-wrenching and vital work; they are also the heart and soul of the teams that work to keep kids safe.
County snowplow crews are always ready for winter’s challenges
During winter weather, Hennepin County’s eighty snowplow operators play a vital role in keeping county roads operational and safe for 1.2 million residents. When roads get snowy or icy, we hit the more than 2,200 lane miles – often starting as early as 2 a.m. The goal is always to have the roads ready by the morning commute and to have done so in an efficient, effective and environmentally friendly manner.
Our libraries, service centers and most of our county offices will be closed for President’s Day, Monday, February 18.
Apply for Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board
The county board is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board. This board coordinates the management of water and related land resources in the watershed that drains into Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Creek.
Before joining the County Board, Irene worked at Thrivent Financial leading around organizational design, culture, and talent. Irene studied at the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership.
News from the Library
A hidden treasure revealed
See an exhibition of photos from the John F. Glanton Collection, on display at the Hennepin Gallery at the Government Center, downtown. Glanton captured photos of the Twin Cities African American community in the 1940s. The negatives were only recently rediscovered in his garage. The photos are always available online, in Hennepin County Library Special Collections, and the exhibit will on view through February 26.
Media arts and communication classes explore image editing, social media, collaborative online tools like Google Docs, smartphone basics, protecting online privacy, and more. Apply your new skills for personal or business use.