Extension tells Ziebach County “No” on hire


by Tasiyagnunpa Livermont

Ziebach County’s plan to hire a local 4-H assistant fell through last month due to South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension’s enforcement of the new higher education requirements for 4-H county staff.

Ziebach County Commissioners agreed to hire Extension Office Secretary Tracie Henderson to be the Ziebach County 4-H assistant.

According to the Ziebach County minutes for the November 2012 meeting, the county would pay for the position 100 percent.

That decision was challenged by SDSU Cooperative Extension, because of changes to their education and other requirements for county staff.

At the commission’s December meeting, the decision to hire Henderson was brought back to the table after a letter was received by the commission from Donna Bittiker, SDSU Extension.

The letter gave three options: 1. Proceed with interviews of two candidates for the 4-entity 4-H Youth Program Advisor, 2. Hire a 20 hour per week 4-H Youth Program Advisor for Ziebach County-only through SDSU or 3. Not fund through SDSU and access to 4-H would be through neighboring counties only.

After discussion, option one was approved.

“We’re waiting for the end of the month,” said Cindy Longbrake, Ziebach County auditor in an interview with the West River Eagle.

Longbrake confirmed that two candidates are currently slated to be interviewed by SDSU.

The 4-H Youth Program Advisor will serve Ziebach, Dewey and Corson Counties and the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.