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Posted on: November 28, 2023


Yarbi Cound

The Opelika Police Department (OPD) is pleased to have Yarbi Cound join the department as the new Social Work Coordinator. Yarbi has over 23 years of experience, having previously worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer with Lee County Family Court, a Legal Advocate & Education Specialist for the Domestic Violence Intervention Center, and a Resource Worker for Chambers County Department of Human Resources (DHR). A majority of her career was with Lee County DHR serving as a Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator, Quality Assurance Coordinator, and Adult Protective Services Resource Supervisor. 

“Yarbi brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and resources to this new program,” says Opelika Police Chief Shane Healey. “With the increase of calls related to social services, we hope her role will allow us to better serve our citizens by connecting them with services that can truly help them.”

Yarbi started at OPD at the beginning of November and quickly began working on building the department’s new social work program. Her role will focus on assisting citizens who are in crisis that may not require law enforcement, connecting the community with resources and following up to ensure they are receiving the appropriate services. 

Yarbi states “I am excited about this new position and look forward to working with our community partners to better serve the citizens of Opelika.”

Yarbi is originally from Thomasville, AL and is a 1995 graduate of Auburn University with a BA in Criminology. She lives in Auburn and has two daughters, Ally, who currently lives in Birmingham and is a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep, and Molly, who is studying Apparel and Textiles at the University of Alabama. 

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