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Farahnaz Tamimi-Schmidt, Cowlitz County Juvenile Court Services Manager Passes

Farahnaz Tamimi-Schmidt, Cowlitz County Juvenile Court Services Manager Passes

The Cowlitz County Superior Court judges and staff are saddened to announce the death of Court Services Manager, Farahnaz Tamimi-Schmidt after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, July 20, 2014. 

Farahnaz graduated from Linfield College where she earned her BA in Psychology.  After completing her schooling, Farahnaz worked at the Lower Columbia Mental Health Center as a case manager/therapist from 1993-1996.  In July of 1996, Farahnaz was hired by the Cowlitz County Juvenile Department as a Juvenile Probation Counselor where she spent the next 7 years working with At-Risk Youth and their families.  In 2003, Farahnaz was promoted to the position of Court Services Manager.  As Court Services Manager, she was responsible for overseeing and managing the daily operations of the juvenile court and probation unit, and at times, the Juvenile Detention Center.  In addition to her local responsibilities, Farahnaz was actively involved in the Probation Managers Association and worked to promote youth and family issues at the State level. 

“Farahnaz was one of those rare individuals that you just wanted to be around and ultimately made others better because of it.   She spent her entire professional life serving others.  Farahnaz impacted countless lives and made our community a better place.  We aren’t saying goodbye to just a colleague, but a dear friend.  I am personally grateful to Farahnaz for her friendship, loyalty, leadership, and the care and concern she has always shown to others.  She was a great example to us all, and all of us at the Juvenile Center will miss her.  I would like to thank her family for sharing her with us all these years.  Our prayers are with them during this very difficult time,” said Chad Connors, Court Administrator. 

“Farahnaz devoted 18 years of her life to the youth of this county, and we are all better off for it.  She was always the consummate professional.  I learned a great deal from her and will miss her very much,” said Presiding Judge Stephen Warning. 

For those interested in supporting her family, there is an account that has been set up at the People’s Community Credit Union, under the name “Schmidt Family Donation Account.”   The fund will be used to support her children’s living and college expenses.  The branch locations are as follows:

Hazel Dell                                            Battle Ground                           Downtown Vancouver

7403 NE Hazel Dell Avenue                 121 NW 20th Avenue                 904 Daniels Street

Vancouver, WA 98665                        Battle Ground, WA 98604         Vancouver, WA 98660

For Additional Information Please Contact:                                       

Honorable Stephen Warning, Presiding Judge

(360) 577-3085

Chad Connors, Court Administrator

(360) 577-3085

connorsc@co.cowlitz.wa.us                  

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