Warren Bottino gets senior services job | RecordCourier.com

Warren Bottino gets senior services job

by Merrie Leininger, staff writer

Warren Bottino, who has served as interim supervisor of the Douglas County Senior Center since the first week of July, was named permanently to the position this week.

Bottino, 43, has worked for Douglas County the last four years, the last two as recreation supervisor in the Parks and Recreation Department.

He has been a familiar face at the center. Before his July appointment, Bottino helped with the senior games and in the senior center on Meadow Lane in Gardnerville whenever the staff was short-handed.

He said he enjoys working with seniors.

“I enjoyed my position at the recreation department. But when I was asked to come over, I was happy to do that. It is a very rewarding job and I love working with the people. After a while, I was excited thinking there would be an opportunity to work here full time,” Bottino said. “It’s an honor to have an opportunity to work with the seniors. It is a very special population in our community.”

Bottino, who is originally from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, worked for the City of Lompoc, Calif., and in the parks and recreation department of Conejo, near Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Bottino is married to Geraldine, and they have two children, Joey, 4, and Sophia, 7 months.

Scott Morgan said the position description has been reworked to require a bachelor’s degree and more supervisory experience than previously.

The position pay range was also increased to between $34,944 and $47,569. He said the position description was changed to align with other county supervisory positions.

Morgan said Bottino will be an asset to senior services.

“The senior center’s gain is the recreation division’s loss,” Morgan said. “It was really kind of a tough decision. Warren truly has been an asset in my office. His presence at the senior center put a crimp in our style.”

He said he hopes an in-house recruitment will fill Bottino’s position within a month.

Morgan said the seniors and the staff at the center are very happy they get to keep Bottino.

“They are very receptive to the choice. He is what they were hoping for. There has been a tremendous amount of positive feedback. I have been averaging four or five positive references each day, unsolicited, about him,” Morgan said.

Former senior center director Kathy Maidlow told the R-C in July she was told to resign or she would be fired after it was discovered she was writing personal checks to the senior center, then taking cash in the same amount out of the center’s petty cash, which is against county policy.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Chally said Friday an investigation into the alleged misconduct has been on hold because the office’s resources are taken up with the Krystal Steadman murder case.

Bottino said he is looking forward to many projects for the seniors of Douglas County.

“Upcoming, of course, is the transportation grant. We are working on it with NDOT to extend the Pride Line (buses) into Douglas County. What I’d like to do is work with developing partnerships with other senior service providers and educate the community about the value of the senior center and senior citizens and prepare for the growth, because we are getting bigger. It is an exciting time and I am excited to be a part of it,” he said.