Employment and Social Services

Our Mission:  "We administer employment and social services, preserving the dignity of children, families and adults."

Our Vision:  "Partnering for a safe, healthy, and self-reliant community."

Public Guardian

The Public Guardian acts as conservator for those County residents the Butte County Superior Court determines to be unable to properly provide for themselves or their finances. California Law provides for two types of conservatorships. The first is a Probate Conservatorship of the person and/or estate for those found unable to provide for food clothing and shelter because of physical disorder. The second is an LPS Conservatorship, short for Lanterman-Petris-Short, for those unable to provide food clothing and shelter for themselves because of a mental disorder.

When there is a need for a conservator, the Public Guardian is the last resort and only becomes involved when there are no family members or others willing and/or able to become the conservator. When appointed the conservator, the Public Guardian becomes responsible for all of the activities of that person’s life, including where he or she lives, how his or her money is spent, taking care of real/personal property. It also includes what activities that person may engage as well as medical decisions when needed.

To contact the Public Guardian's office, call 530.552.6165

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24-Hour Emergency Numbers
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 Locations & Hours

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803 (phone only)
Monday - Friday
7:30am to 4:30pm

Excludes Holidays

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
765 East Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

Butte Community Employment Center - Oroville

78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Butte County Community Services Center
7204 Skyway
Paradise, CA 95969

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm 

Excludes Holidays

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Employment and Social Services

202 Mira Loma, Oroville, CA 95965

Shelby Boston
Director/Public Guardian/Public Administrator

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744 P Street, Sacramento CA 95814