Imperial County Board of Supervisors Appoints Rosie Blankenship as Public Administrator
On Tuesday, February 13, 2108, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Rosalina "Rosie" Blankenship as Public Administrator / Public Guardian / Public Conservator / Area Agency on Aging Director.
Ms. Blankenship has served local government for 26 years in various positions including Probate Administration, conservatorship / guardianship, Aging Services, Indigent Burials, and others. She has served as the Interim Public Administrator since July, 2017.
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Ray Castillo confirmed the appointment saying "the selection committee was impressed by Ms. Blankenship's qualifications over other candidates and it was decided, by unanimous vote, to appoint her as Public Administrator".
As Public Administrator / Public Guardian / Public Conservator / Area Agency on Aging Director, Ms. Blankenship is tasked with investigating and administering the estate of persons who die with no will or without an appropriate person willing or able to act as administrator. She will act as the legally appointed guardian or conservator for persons found by the Superior Court to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances or who can't resist undue influence or fraud. Ms. Blankenship will administer the indigent burial program, representative payee program and the Area Agency on Aging.
"We serve a very vulnerable population that needs representation. I am their voice. I will advocate for their rights and ensure their needs are met within the resources available," stated Ms. Blankenship. "I am honored to have been selected and will continue my emphasis to expand services".
Her immediate goals include bringing Dementia/Alzheimer's resources, training, and education to caregivers and first responders, consolidating senior services as a one-stop location, collaborating with agencies to obtain additional resources while working to expand the following services for seniors and dependent adults: transportation, senior nutrition, nutrition education, respite care, legal assistance, health screenings and medication management, and Medicare counseling.
Ms. Blankenship is a native of Los Angeles who moved to Imperial County in 1989. She is a Public Administration graduate of San Diego State University - Imperial Valley Campus and is currently pursuing her Master's degree from USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.