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September 29, 2014

New ‘App’ Allows Residents to Access Sheriff’s Office Information via Mobile Devices

Accessing information from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office is easier than ever.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new mobile-friendly app that streamlines and organizes information about arrests, inmates, court status and more for folks using smart phones and tablets.

The new Meck Sheriff app was developed by our Information Technology staff and allows residents search by inmate name or identification number to obtain information about charges, sentences, mug shots, and other details. Users can also see where the inmate is housed in order to schedule visitations.

The Meck Sheriff app is available on iTunes and as an app for Windows 8 devices. The Windows 8 app allows users to perform arrest inquiries, inmate inquiries, and warrant inquiries.

If you have questions about the new Meck Sheriff applications, contact Senior IT Manager Scott Newell via email. 

LUESA Director selected to participate in XXII Leadership North Carolina (NC)

Leadership North Carolina (LNC) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages current and emerging leaders from across the state through the Leadership North Carolina Program and ongoing networking and service opportunities. Leadership North Carolina’s mission is to inform, develop, and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing the state.

Open to all citizens of the state, LNC seeks a class of approximately 60 leaders who represent the various geographic regions and communities of the state from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Each year, LNC recruits committed individuals interested in learning more about their state and connecting with fellow leaders. Through innovative programming, LNC teaches these engaged citizens about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina and offers tools to turn their knowledge into action for the benefit of the state.

This year, Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA) Director Ebenezer Gujjarlapudi has been selected to participate in the program. Join me in congratulating Ebenezer on his achievement. 

Mental Health Leader Named Martha Bedell Alexander Award Winner

Behavioral Health Division Director Dennis Knasel has been recognized for his commitment to helping those with substance abuse and other mental health issues.
A County employee for 27 years, Dennis recently received the Martha Bedell Alexander Award by Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center.

The award highlights excellence in leadership and service in advocating for appropriate, accessible and personal and family-centered substance abuse prevention and treatment services.

Dennis has worked in numerous capacities for Mecklenburg County for the last quarter of a century. Just prior to his current assignment for the Human Services Agency, Dennis led the Provider Relations Division of MeckLINK.

Congratulations to Dennis on such a great honor. 

DSS Employee Receives Citizen’s First Responder Award from the Charlotte Rotary Club

Helping the homebound stay safe has earned an honor for one of our social workers.
Karen Hefner, a Senior Nutrition Program (SNP) coordinator with the Department of Social Services, has been honored with a Citizen’s First Responder Award from the Charlotte Rotary Club.

Hefner and her team collaborated with the Charlotte Fire Department to conduct smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector checks for SNP’s homebound customers.

During their weekly visits, Karen and her team identified clients who needed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, then alerted the Charlotte Mecklenburg Fire Department who installed detectors at no charge.

Karen was presented with her award during a Rotary banquet held on Sept. 23 at the Fairfield Inn on McDowell Street. 

Informational Site for Sales Tax Referendum Now Live

A new web page has been launched to help educate the public about the County’s November Sales Tax referendum. The page – – is part of and is designed to be a transparent, single source of factual information about the Nov. 4, 2014 vote to raise the County’s sales tax by a quarter of one cent.

The page includes links to election information, the BOCC policy regarding the referendum, a list of items exempt from sales tax, an explanation of the differences between sales and property tax, current tax rates, an FAQ, and more.

This is a public awareness effort to educate the public about sales tax without advocating for or against the referendum. If you have questions about this effort, please contact Dena Diorio.