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6A Wednesday, May2, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Auditor cites 'politics' for resignation Dan McDonald Staff Writer d resignation during their meeting Tuesday, May 1. Montgomery reportedly clashed with county depart- ment heads during her time in office. The Public Health Agency, criminal justice leaders, Public Works and other county departments publicly criticized her. County officers said the auditor created accounting "roadblocks" that compro- mised the departments' abil- ity to provide services. Montgomery repeatedly explained that she was just trying to do her job and fol- low established procedures. Employees in the auditor's office called Montgomery's work and dedication to her Plumas County's auditor- controller said the political battles associated with her job finally took their toll last week. "The political issues were just a little more than I could take," Shawn Mont- gomery said. "I don't have the personality for it. I thought I did, but I guess I don't." Montgomery sounded more relieved than bitter af- ter submitting a letter of res- ignation to the Board of Su- pervisors April 24. The supervisors were ex- pected to formally accept the PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Management Concentration, Chico State University 1989 to Present: Own & Operate auto dealership serving Plumas, Lassen and Sierra counties * College Internship at our State Capital in Sacramento As a member of Independent Auto Dealers of California, I was active in lobbying Sacramento for auto industry interests. Designed to promote local commerce and educate our community on local concerns. * Past member of Quincy Volunteer Fire Department and Quincy Little League =As a District 4 native, I believe with the right decisions, our future can be brighter." ~ Barry Gossett Barry Gossett for DISTRICT 4 SUPERVISOR PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE'.EOR VOTEGOSSETT P.O. Box 180 Quincy; CA 95971 530-966-4466 ! Grandparents Erin Roney & Ran Page with granddaughter Madie Smith. Photography by Brandi Barr. www.ephc.or( job "phenomenal." In a letter to Feather Pub- lishing, signed by six people in the auditor's office, the employees said they were saddened by Montgomery's decision to step down. "We are losing one of the county's greatest assets," the letter stated. "Shawn's edu- cation and expertise in gov- ernment accounting and tax- es is phenomenal. We wish her the very best and will miss her greatly." The letter also chastised people for "negative com- ments" aimed at Mont- gomery. "Shame on those who will not let her leave with the grace and respect that she truly deserves," they said. Montgomery wasn't criti- cal of the county when asked about her reasons for step- ping down. She said it was "simply a matter of politics," and left it at that. She said she was looking forward to her new job as an accountant for the Plumas Unified School District.. "I'm really excited about it," she said. "I'm excited not to be the boss." Montgomery, who was ap- pointed auditor by the Board of Supervisors, was elected to the position in 2010 when she ran unopposed. If the supervisors don't appoint a replacement for Montgomery by May 8 the date her resignation becomes effective the accountant-auditor risk manager in the auditor's office will handle the auditor duties on an interim basis. Rarely were the supervi- sors publicly critical of Montgomery. But the board recently sided with depart- ment heads on some of their accounting issues with the auditor. "Now the board can ap- point someone they want," Montgomery said. In her resignation letter, Montgomery thanked her staff and said "working for Plumas County has been a privilege and an honor." "When I think about the trust and responsibility that the voters have given me, I am awestruck and quite frankly overwhelmed," she wrote. "It was always a strange thing for me to see things addressed to the 'Hon- orable Shawn Montgomery' and i have never taken it lightly." Montgomery became the fourth high-profile county officer to resign or be ousted in the past five weeks. The supervisors officially fired County Administrative Officer Jack lngstad April 10, although he said he was prepared to resign. Mental Health Director John Sebold and Public Health Director Mimi Hall resigned In March. Hall has since rescinded her resigna- tion. Plumas Bank posts profitable quarter Continuing with a trend of profitability that now begins its third consecutive year, Plumas Bancorp, a bank holding company and the PAID POUTICAL ADVERTISEMENT #2 '7 will use common sense to evaluate both sides of a debate before reaching- a conclusion." (530) 283-3277 PAID FOR BYTHE COMMI'ITEE TO ELECT HUFFMON FOR SUPERVISOR 2012 Looking for a Mother's Day gift? Mother's Day cards Vintage zipper pins Mahlah Amber designs Pottery mugs All at: .My Sisters (00loset "Gently Used Clothing for Women" 367 Main Street, Quincy 283-1779 parent company of Plumas Bank, announced its 2012 first quarter earnings of $224,000. This compares to $223,000 during the first quarter of 2011. Commenting on the recent quarter's performance, the bank's president and CEO, Andrew J. Ryback, said, "The board of directors and I are pleased to report anoth- er profitable quarter, our ninth consecutive, with steady growth in our core earnings. "We see encouraging indi- cations of growing loan de- mand as we continue to sup- port healthy small to mid- sized businesses in our re- gion. We've had significant improvement in our asset quality and,capital ratios. Our success is attributable to a very talented team of bankers who take a personal interest in their clients." Ryback concluded, "We are off to a good start in 2012. We remain confident in the markets in which we op- erate, and we look forward to continuing to support our community, reward our shareholders and provide a safe and friendly place to bank locally." Financial highlights Three months ending March 31, 2012, compared to March 31, 2011: --Income before provision for taxes increased by $91,000 or 35 percent to $35O,00O. --The provision for loan losses decreased by $1.1 i Fertilizing , ,| - Free Estimates ~ Pruning J .t.,,= - Competitive Rates ~ Weed Eating Spring Clean-up 283-2921. Bob Jones PUTTING ,t'ERICANS BACK TO WORK ONE YARD AT A TIME million to $600,000. --The average rate paid on interest bearin deposits decreased by 30 basis points or 46 percent, from 0.65 percent to 0.35 percent. uNet interest margin increased to 4.09 percent compared to3.99 percent. --Non performing loans decreased by $8.5 million or 35 percent, from $24.5 million to $16 million. --Non performing assets decreased by $9.6 million from $33.6 million to $24 million. --The ratio of nonperform- ing loans to total loans decreased from 8.05 percent to 5.45 percent and the ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets decreased from 7.15 percent to 5.22 percent. --Non-interest bearing deposits increased by $13.9 million to $125 million, which represents 31 percent of total deposits. ---Total shareholders' equity increased by $1.4 million to $4D million. --Total le/erage capital ncreased fro 9.2 percent to 10.1 percent. --Total risk-based capital ratio strengthened to 15.2 percent from 14.4 percent. 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