County welcomes two new hires, seeks members, Measure Z apps

County Kudos

District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced that the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association has chosen District Attorney Investigator Kyla Baxley to receive its “Investigator of the Year” Award.

In making the award, the association noted Investigator Baxley’s position as a, “go-to person in the field of sexual and physical assault investigations.” The association also recognized, “her ability to step outside the box and investigate and prosecute human trafficking with success” and to, “successfully investigate and prosecute the most violent and dangerous serial sexual offenders”.

Investigator Baxley was also credited for her ability to, “work professionally and with unmet determination in a very important role in law enforcement.”Investigator Baxley has worked as a Humboldt County District Attorney Investigator since 2013; she currently works on the Child Abuse Services Team. She was previously employed by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigator Baxley has been the lead investigator on several high profile cases, including the prosecutions of David Anderson, Kailan Meserve, and Thomas Lusk Jr. Fleming noted that, “In each of these cases, Investigator Baxley’s investigative skills and the trusting relationships she built with the survivors were instrumental in securing guilty verdicts. We all benefit from Kyla’s skill and dedication. She is an excellent representative of many people in Humboldt County who do great work every day to improve public safety.”

Wanted: Board Member

The Headwaters Fund is recruiting for a new member for the Headwaters Fund Board, the community board overseeing all aspects of the Headwaters Fund. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply. Working with Headwaters Fund staff, board members review and recommend policies, budgets, grants, and loans to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. The new board member will begin service in April.

The Headwaters Fund facilitates economic development in Humboldt County through loan and grant programs. Qualified applicants must possess the necessary experience and expertise to oversee this large and unique public fund. The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to the community and economic development, skills to oversee a grant and loan fund, the ability to bridge multiple interests, professional integrity and a willingness to work as part of a volunteer board to further the goals of the Headwaters Fund.

The application deadline is March 10. Applicants will be interviewed by a screening committee who will recommend candidates to the Board of Supervisors for appointment.

Interested applicants can download an application online at or visit the Prosperity Center at 520 E Street in Eureka.

Welcome aboard - Public Defender

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has appointed David Marcus to the position of Public Defender.

Marcus has previous experience as the Lassen County Public Defender for seven years, and 13 years of service as Deputy Public Defender with the County of San Bernardino. In addition to his Doctor of Jurisprudence, Marcus has a Master of Public Administration and brings a wealth of education along with his years of experience in Public Defense.

There were a number of highly qualified applicants for this position and the county would like to thank all who applied. The county would also like to thank former Public Defender Kevin Robinson for his years of service. Robinson retired from the county in December.

Welcome aboard - ADA Coordinator

The County of Humboldt named Jasmine Manuel as its Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator. The ADA coordinator is a new position within the county, and Manuel is part of the Human Resources Department.

In her role, Manuel will monitor county facilities and programs to ensure public accessibility and compliance to ADA. She will supervise and participate in investigations of complaints relating to proper access, and she will advise county departments on ADA plans and accommodation of disabilities. Her other responsibilities include communicating with state and federal officials, training county personnel in ADA guidelines, laws and programs, and help the county respond to changes in relevant laws and regulations.

Manuel, a 2009 graduate of Humboldt State University, worked for the California Employment Development Department where she provided intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans. She also worked for the Department of Rehabilitation, which is the largest vocational rehabilitation provider for persons with disabilities in the country. There, she helped disabled persons gain competitive integrated employment, and helped employers meet their needs.

Last call for Measure Z applications

If you have a project that provides a public safety or essential service to our community, you have until Feb. 17 to apply for Measure Z funding. The Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Measure Z Expenditures is now accepting applications for funding at The advisory committee will review applications and recommend projects for funding. This process will be repeated each year until 2020 when Measure Z sunsets. The applications ask you to describe your proposal, as well as your plan to sustain the proposal after 2020. In addition, the application requires an explanation as to how the request is an essential service or for public safety.