The public is welcome to attend a thank you reception for Jan Heikes for her years of dedication and service to Winneshiek County.

The reception is 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the rotunda at the Winneshiek County Courthouse.

Heikes started her career with the county in 1996 as part-time central point of coordination mental health administrator. In 2000, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties signed an agreement to have her serve as CPC for both counties.

Heikes has accepted a position with the Iowa Department of Human Services in the Community Services Bureau as a program planner. The position is based in Decorah, but Heikes will be traveling across the state and to Des Moines helping counties implement the new regional guidelines for mental health services.