Kennedy takes on role of Board of Supervisors chairman
District 5 Supervisor Jon Kennedy became chairman of the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 7, following the unanimous vote of his colleagues.
District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss will serve as vice chairman for 2014.
As Kennedy took over the chair previously held by Terry Swofford, Supervisor Lori Simpson commended Swofford on his performance as chairman for the past year.
The first meeting of the year was fairly brief, with the supervisors authorizing a number of employee recruitments and finalizing their grand jury response.
Acting chief probation officer: Take two
Daniel Prince, formerly a superintendent for the Nevada County Juvenile Hall, is the county’s newest acting chief probation officer.
Prince will succeed Doug Carver, who has served in the position since June 25, 2013, but whose last day on the job is scheduled to be Jan. 31. Carver, who took over a struggling department last summer, is precluded from working any longer because the terms of his public service retirement limit the number of hours he can work.
“I’m really sorry that Doug’s time is up,” Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said. “He did an outstanding job.”
Carver, and now Prince, are working in place of Chief Probation Officer Sharon Reinert, who is on an extended excused absence.
Social Services Director Elliott Smart received approval to fill two positions in his department — a benefits assistance counselor and an office assistant.
Mental Health Director Peter Livingston received authorization to hire a fiscal officer to replace Bianca Harrison, who transferred to the county auditor’s department, as well as a therapist.
Public Works Director Bob Perreault can hire a road maintenance worker for the Quincy crew. A promotion within the department created the vacancy.
Name change delay
The supervisors delayed changing the name of County Road 316A to Stover Mountain Road as planned, because another road with that name already exists.
County Road 316A is currently called Chester Ski Road but it creates confusion because locals refer to it by various names.
“This confusion has affected service, delivery and emergency response to the area,” Public Works Director Bob Perreault told the supervisors.
However, once he learned that there was already a Stover Mountain Road, the change couldn’t be made as planned.
Perreault will work with officials from the Lassen National Forest to come up with a solution.
The Board of Supervisors renewed its contract with financial consultant Susan Scarlett to help prepare the 2014-15 budget.
The contract is for one year and is not to exceed $30,000. This will be the third year that the county has hired Scarlett to assist with the budget process, which includes a midyear review.