Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon E. Lopey has announced plans to coordinate and conduct the first Hmong-American and Siskiyou County Leader Town Hall meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m., at the Montague Community Center.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported the following: 


Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon E. Lopey has announced plans to coordinate and conduct the first Hmong-American and Siskiyou County Leader Town Hall meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m., at the Montague Community Center.   


During recent months, Lopey and other county department heads have conducted Hmong-American & County Community Advisory Council meetings at the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. These meetings have included members of SCSO, leaders of the Hmong-American community, and representatives from CAL FIRE, California Highway Patrol, the Siskiyou County Agricultural Commissioner/Department, Siskiyou County Planning Department, Siskiyou County Clerk, Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, and other important stakeholders.  


The purpose of the Hmong-American & County Community Advisory Council is to foster a closer, collaborative relationship with members of the Hmong-American community, to exchange information about county rules, regulations, ordinances, and related laws, and to answer questions about issues affecting the Hmong-American community, their neighbors, and to address public safety imperatives.


According to Sheriff Lopey, “I began attending Hmong-American events last year at the invitation of Mayor Steve Ly, City of Elk Grove, and these events and the interactions with our Hmong-American neighbors and leaders have been very informative and helpful in designing strategies to serve the Hmong-American community and others more effectively and we have individually and collectively promoted mutual understanding, cooperation, and friendship.  


“I recently attended Hmong-American events in Sacramento and Butte Counties and I had the opportunity to address issues impacting the Hmong-American community and others in Siskiyou County by participating in a television show on Monday, April 30th, at Hmong USA Television in Fresno, California.”


The Hmong-American and Siskiyou County Town Hall scheduled for May 9 will feature an introduction to Hmong culture, language, customs, and history. Federal, State, and county officials will attend the event and give brief presentations on departmental missions and goals, and will distribute contact names, phone, and email contact information.

 
County officials and their counterparts with various federal and state agencies will be available to answer questions on a variety of topics and to simply develop relationships with members of the Hmong-American community and their neighbors. The public at-large is also invited to the event, which should last about 2-hours.  


According to Sheriff Lopey, “This town hall meeting is the first of many planned town halls that will be scheduled in the future to cultivate and sustain the relationships developed with the Hmong-American community and the many public service agencies with a vested interest in promoting positive, productive, and lasting relationships with the citizens we serve. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about the rich history of the Hmong people and to exchange ideas, answer questions, and establish long-lasting contacts.


“It will also be a great opportunity to educate the public on county, state, and/or federal laws related to a variety of topics, including building permits, fencing, water treatment, wells, generators, camping, voter registration, voting, and current laws and ordinances related to land use, including provisions related to agricultural activities.  We will also discuss restrictions in the county pertaining to the cultivation of medical and recreational marijuana, which has raised a lot of interest in many county neighborhoods.


“We hope citizens representing all sectors of our county will attend this event to get to know one another and to ask questions they may have from the many governmental officials scheduled to participate in the event.”


Questions about the event may be directed to Sheriff Jon Lopey or Captain Karl Houtman, at (530) 842-8300. The event announcement will also be posted on SCSO’s Facebook page.