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Burnet County honors child welfare advocate for service

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS

Dorinda Duzan recognized

Burnet County commissioners acknowledged retired Child Protective Services supervisor Dorinda Duzan (orange shirt, middle) with a resolution in her honor during their regular meeting June 11. Pictured are (left to right) Llano County Attorney Becky Lange, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr., Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle, Duzan, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Judge Cheryll Mabray of the Texas Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, and Burnet County Attorney Eddie Arredondo. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County commissioners recognized retired Child Protective Service supervisor Dorinda Duzan for her years of public service on behalf of children during their regular meeting June 11.

Judge Cheryll Mabray of the Texas Child Protection Court of the Hill Country said it was a “sad day” when she received a call that Duzan was retiring.

“It’s a huge loss to all of us that work with children and work with parents,” Mabray told the Commissioners Court before a resolution in Duzan’s honor was read.

In her 14 years as CPS supervisor and 50-plus-year career dedicated to serving children, Duzan had an impact on people across Burnet County who worked in child welfare-related jobs.

Teresa Greenburg of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said Duzan’s supervision of the department created a work environment unmatched across the state.

“Through her supervision, 95 percent of us that were there when she came on board (11 years ago), or were newly hired, still continue with the agency today,” Greenburg said at the meeting.

The state average, Greenburg noted, is 40 percent.

Kim Mansell, a program administrator with Child Protective Services, said Duzan was an inspiration.

“Thank you for all you’ve done,” Mansell said. “You’ve been a wonderful role model to me personally, and I know to many other people.”

Duzan has been recognized in the past by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as its 2009 Statewide Caseworker of the Year and in 2018 with the CASA of the Highland Lakes Angel Award.

After hearing the resolution read aloud and posing with commissioners for a photo, Duzan said a few words to the dozens who came to the meeting for her resolution.

“This is icing on the cake for working out here,” she said. “I love Burnet and have a lot of respect for the court working with the Child Welfare Board. I really appreciate everything. Thank y’all.”

jared@thepicayune.com

10 Responses to “Burnet County honors child welfare advocate for service”

  1. Les Fenter says:

    Congratulations, Dorinda. I knew you were a super professional. So glad to see you recognized in this manner. AND congratulations on your retirement. Maybe now we might see you at a Burges function. Blessings to you, Tom & your brother.

  2. Johnny Smith says:

    Congratulations on your retirement and your nice recognition of service.
    Your old Burges tennis partner.

  3. Melinda Tedrow Winter says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy your retirement after your many years of service.

  4. Maggie Armendariz Maxwell says:

    What an outstanding career of Service you have completed and you will be greatly missed. I am so proud to have known you at Burges both in the classroom & on the tennis court. Hope to cross paths again and Enjoy your well deserved retirment.

  5. Rene Averett says:

    You knew me as Phyllis Averett in high school – the other tall girl. Congratulations on your retirement and for such a wonderful contribution to your community over your career. Your work has been meaningful and acknowledged. That’s quite an achievement. Hope to see you at a future Burges reunion event.

  6. Congratulations Dorinda for such a lovely and dedicated service all these years. I can’t begin to imagine all the lives you boosted and touched. Hats off to you.

  7. Frances Johns Hammond says:

    Brava Dorinda. So proud to have been in Girl Scouts with you so very long ago. Frances Hammond

  8. Gail Phillips Kushen says:

    Congratulations, Dorinda, on your successful career and many accomplishments advocating for the children of Texas. On to new adventures and much deserved relaxation.

  9. David Mena says:

    You have inspired BHS 63, we are indebted to you.You’ve cared for the most vulnerable, the children who have been abandoned, outcast, the most precious of God’ creations. I wish you a most happy and blessed retirement…David.

    • Ramon Rivera says:

      Congratulations are in order for a life time of one super job. Glad to hear you have joined an elite class of has-beens but proud to be one. Come see us at church when you next come to El Paso. Again, your recognition is well deserved.

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