Sarah Vaine named new assistant Summit County manager |

Sarah Vaine named new assistant Summit County manager

Longtime Summit County resident Sarah Vaine, presently the CEO of the Summit Community Care Clinic, was named the new assistant county manager on Thursday, April 21. Vaine replaces Scott Vargo, who was awarded the county manager position in February, and she will take on the role July 1.
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Vaine named new assistant county manager

Summit County government has chosen Sarah Vaine as its next assistant county manager.

Vaine, the CEO of the Summit Community Care Clinic since 2008, will replace Scott Vargo, who in February was named to replace outgoing county manager Gary Martinez. In Vaine’s new role, which she’ll assume on July 1, she will oversee a diverse set of county divisions and departments, including Public Health, Human Services, Public Safety, Information Systems and the Summit County Library.

“I feel honored to have been offered this wonderful opportunity,” she said through a news release. “In taking on this position, I look forward to finding new ways to support and strengthen our amazing community.”

During her time at the head of the Care Clinic, she has managed and directed the rapidly growing health-care organization, which served more than 7,000 uninsured and underinsured patients last year. She managed the clinic’s transition to become a Federally Qualified Health Center, opening the door to significant funding to support local care services.

“Sarah is intimately familiar with the needs of this community, and she has done excellent work navigating financial, regulatory and organizational challenges in order to meet those needs,” said Commissioner Thomas Davidson in the release. “We’re fortunate to have such a seasoned leader taking this role in our organization.”

“She has an impressive array of skills, experience and knowledge that will be tremendous assets in our ongoing work to serve the community,” added Vargo, her predecessor. “We’re absolutely delighted that Sarah will join our team.”

Vaine has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver and a bachelor’s in psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Sheriff’s office warns against phone scams

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public to be vigilant in recognizing scams.

Every year, thousands of people lose money to phone scams. The amount pilfered can vary from a few bucks to a considerable sum of cash.

Recently, there has been a scam in the county first reported by residents. During the fraudulent act, people have detailed they receive a voicemail from a “Deputy Walker,” saying they have missed a traffic ticket payment, missed jury duty or have an outstanding warrant and are provided a number to call back.

When this call was returned, it led to a message stating “This is the county sheriff, and all deputies are busy; please leave your message.” Citizens should know that if there were a warrant issued for an individual’s arrest, law enforcement would show up to your residence to execute it. This type of information would never be released by phone.

Scammers will say anything to get information from someone to use to their benefit. They may claim to be affiliated with an entity you trust to convince you to offer personal information such as a credit card or social security number.

Telephone scams are prevalent and can target anyone. Please be aware of whom you are speaking with, and remember that any sort of tactic may be used to gather information.

It may no longer be tax season, but a common IRS scam that has targeted thousands of people is still occurring. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has received reports of approximately 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013.

Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid more than $23 million as a result of this scam. Do not be a victim. If someone you are not familiar with calls you, do not give our your information and hang up immediately.

Unfortunately, this type of fraud dilutes people’s trust or belief in whom they’re really talking with. Please be mindful when dealing with suspicious phone calls. Do not give out personal information.

Should you have any questions or doubts about phone calls you are receiving, please call Summit County Dispatch at: (970) 668-8600.

— Compiled by Summit Daily staff

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