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Commissioners highlight pact with Bollinger Campus

Photo provided to the Times Observer The Warren County Commissioners signed off on a proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Pictured with the commissioners are the clients with the Bollinger Campus of the Barber National Institute that handle many of the cleaning duties at the court. Pictured are, front, from left, Candy Martin, supervisor; clients Dustin Gorton and Jeremy Larson with Commissioner Jeff Eggleston and, back, Commissioners Tricia Durbin and Ben Kafferlin.

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

And while the Warren County Commissioners pass resolutions to raise awareness for a host of initiatives, they put their money where their mouth is on this one.

For the last year and a half, clients with the Bollinger Campus of the Barber National Institute — formerly BEI — have been providing cleaning services at the courthouse.

They’ve also made space available at the county warehouse in Starbrick for Bollinger clients to be able to wash vehicles.

“(We take this) proclamation very seriously,” Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said.

He spoke highly of the partnership between the Bollinger Campus and the county.

“I think it’s really been wonderful,” he said. “I think it is one of the best decisions we’ve made since coming into office. (It’s been) so much fun having you guys come and work with us. I can’t say enough good things about you guys. (We) constantly get compliments about your attitude and worth ethic.”

“We are honored to be recognized and work with the fine people at the courthouse,” Dr. WIlliam Clark, executive director of the Bollinger Campus, said. “With COVID, what I’ve seen happen is concerning to me. These guys want to work as much as anybody else. Our opening has been slow.”

But the courthouse, while restricted for a time, never closed.

“(It was) so refreshing during this time,” he said, that “there was not a disruption at the courthouse. We had a cadre of individuals that were able to work” through the pandemic.

Clark said they will be “gradually moving back into the community” more broadly, indicating they are “looking forward to continue that partnership” with the county.

“We want to grow into other partnerships, as well,” he said.

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