Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce Event Honoring Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department Raises Money for 4th of July Fireworks Show
Saturday night, the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce honored the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department–in particular, the officers working out of the Garberville Substation for the work they have done the last year. The Chamber’s new President Michelle Bushnell presented awards to Sgt. Jesse Taylor, Lt. Kenny Swithenbank, and Sheriff Billy Honsal–all three of them are long-time residents of Humboldt County.
Bushnell thanked the Sheriff’s Department for “Their increased presence in the Southern Humboldt area for the year of 2017.” She noted later that “community people and business owners all agreed that they have stepped up and really heard our voice, for increased patrols, increased presence…” She said that response times had been shortened also.
Melanie Anderson who is the office manager at the Sheriff’s Substation was also recognized for her hard work in the community.
The proceeds from the event go to support the annual firework show for the 4th of July. Bushnell was delighted with the community support. She said, “In the financially difficult times many businesses are in, I was overwhelmed with the good response…We made good money.” Bushnell said the organization hasn’t yet compiled a final tally but, she believes that the event raised more money “than the last few years.”