Service proclamation recognizes Jenni Uruburu

A unanimously approved service proclamation honors Jennifer Uruburu’s 20 years and four months working various positions in Lassen County.

The proclamation and comments made during the Tuesday, March 23 Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting, focused on Uruburu’s commitment to the youth and selfless dedication to others.

Lassen County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman, Aaron Albaugh, presents Ember Martinez and Tatum Uruburu with a gift from Big Valley schools for Jenni Uruburu, in recognition of her many years of selfless service to local youth and the community. Photo by Makenzie Davis

While not present at the meeting, daughters Tatum Uruburu and Ember Martinez, and mom Nancy Larimer, accepted the proclamation, gifts and thank yous.

During the meeting, a gift from Big Valley High School, a jacket, and a giant thank you card from community social services and other health and social services departments were presented to the community figure who has touched so many lives.

According to the proclamation, Uruburu began her career with the county in 2000 as an integrated case worker, she was promoted in 2002 as a case worker II, and in 2005 she was again promoted to the senior integrated case worker position. She became an integrated case worker supervisor in 2013 with Lassen Works, and then became an integrated case worker supervisor with community social services. In 2019, she made the jump from health and social services to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office to serve as a youth services officer.

“Jennifer found herself at home at her new position at the sheriff’s office. If the youth services officer was a human body, Jenni would be its heart,” read the proclamation.

“She fosters the concept of work family by creating an atmosphere of encouragement and togetherness.

“She has been instrumental in not only her employment, but the entire community, as she is the driving force behind many community events.

“Jenni’s love for kids literally shines on her face, and she has touched so many lives in such a positive way. She delivers lessons that that don’t merely convey information, they convey compassion, caring and reach the hearts of the young people that she serves, sprinkling her sunshine wherever she goes, and always reaching out her heart and her home to all.

“She understands well that in order to change minds, you have to start with changing hearts

“Her experience working in the health and human services made her an expert on where to go to access programs, and she is an invaluable resource when it comes to getting help for anyone in need. She is creative, unique, nurturing, kind, intelligent and the most the selfless human being.”

The proclamation also noted Uruburu’s fondness for inspiring quotes and motivational sayings. It also humorously referenced her being oblivious to inappropriate behavior, “despite her affinity for listening to, and performing gangster rap.”

The proclamation even noted memories of the time she tested body-worn cameras.

Following the reading of the recognition, Uruburu’s daughters accepted the gifts, including a Lassen County jacket, a large thank you card and even a poem written about Uruburu’s service to others.

Earlier this year, Uruburu was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. To help the family with associated costs, the Lassen County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is hosting a Saturday, May 8 golf tournament. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

To register for the event, call 251-2645.