New veteran services officer appointed

New veteran services officer appointedKERN COUNTY — On Wednesday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors appointed Joshua Dhanens as the Kern County Veteran Services Officer in a unanimous 5-0 vote. He will resume responsibilities Oct. 1.

“Kern County is privileged to have someone of Mr. Dhanens caliber and background to lead our Veterans Service Department going forward,” said a county spokesperson.

“Mr. Dhanens served honorably in the Military Police Corps of the United States Army for five years, before serving in that same capacity with the California Army National Guard for another four years where he was deployed on combat tours in Bosnia and Iraq and earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.”

Dhanens has worked for the Kern County Veterans Service Department since 2012, serving as their Veterans Service Manager for the last three years. Prior to that, he served in various teaching capacities as an Adjunct Lecturer and Graduate Assistant.

Dhanens received a bachelor of arts in philosophy from CSU Bakersfield and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma.

Dick Taylor, the current veterans services officer, will retire at the end of the month.

“We are excited for the future paths of both gentlemen and extend our congratulations to Mr. Dhanens and his wife Angela, and wish him well in his new role.”

Story First Published: 2018-09-21