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X" Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 m COates the fair manager on Oct. 26, anda vote of displeasure board and the with the board of supervi- )ervisors were sots. Neither action was to discuss their unanimous. matters During the Nov. 6 meeting, argued about County Counsel Rob Shul- supervisors rio- man distributed information Act. which he believed clarified 6 discussion was the roles of both boards. clarify actions "These documents repre- board of super- sent a long-standing relation. it placed fair ship of the fair board helping Clements on the board of supervisors," leave. Mem- Shulman said. fair board said In defining the two roles, have been con- Shulman said the fair board the supervisors is there to help the fair man- ager set policy, but the fair )iness result- manager is actually an em- of confidence for ployee of the county, hired by the supervisors. Supervisor Ken Nelson Shulman said that, when said that he was "very dis- the supervisors placed the pleased that the fair board fair manager on administra- didn't have faith" in the su- tive leave, they acted "cot- pervisors' decision. have no fear of the g jury." B.J. Pearson Supervisor rectly." Leonard Ross, a member of He said he did not see the the fair board, said he want- action as a "serious breech of ed to comment, but would trust" with the fair board, wait until County Adminis- trative Office Bob Cohen Supervisor B.J. Pearson spoke, said that Clements had the Cohen said he would wait right to request an open ses- until the closed session sion instead of the closed ses- scheduled for later that after- sion. noon. That's because the Pearson encouraged him to original action pertaining to do so because he said he Clements occurred in a "wanted to get all out in the closed session, open." The closed session action Clements, who was pre. drew accusations from the sent, said he would approve fair board that the super,i- an open session if the discus- sors had violated the Brown sion was limited to the two Act by not notifying items previously discussed: a Clements prior to the meet- petty cash account and a for- ing as required, met employee's retaliation. The supervisors maintain Shulman said that both that Clements was not noti- Clements and fair board pres- fled because the closed ses- ident Mike Beatty were invit- sion was called to discuss an- other employee. See Probe, page 13A m ts paid 9to vntac- the Quincy Among the seen each Placing Amori- next to who the military. was attended nlom= local scout- and other who listened Turner, the of veteran af- the county, passage. Photos by Dave Keller By Dave Keller told the employees. Staff Writer County Counsel Rob Shul- In a meeting at the Plumas man has directed Gardner to County Sheriffs Department, remain quiet about the en- Sheriff Len Gardner toldgine, even though Shulman agency employees that he ob- has contended all along that tained a police car engine for the sheriff has not done any- personal use. thing wrong. In the secret Nov. 7 meet- Gardner paid a prisoner ing, the sheriff admitted that cash and possibly tried to at- he had obtained the engine to tain an early release from jail put into a vehicle owned by for him in return for remov- his son, who is a peace officer ing the engine in question in anothercounty, from a surplused Plumas Gardner's statements, County police car. made in order to clear the air Gardner allegedly obtained at the department, are con- the engine through a surro- trary to previous remarks, gate buyer because he was Gardner cAaim in a Sept. not legally permitted to buy 19 newspaper interview that it himself. he bought the engine from Plumas County Sheriff's the sheriff's department, Department records show through a buyer acting on his that the inmate--a felon con- behalf, in order to donate it victed of stealing more than back to the department. $55,000 from an infirmed Gardner denied that he told Greenville woman--received the surrogate buyer that he $40 from Gardner Sept. 1. knew it was not permissible Gardner has admitted that for him to buy the engine di- he paid the inmate the money rectly, for removing the engine from Although Gardner admit- the car. ted in the interview that his In addition, Gardner wrote account was illogical, he a Sept. 1 letter on behalf of stuck to the story, until now. the inmate, seeking the in. According to sources famil- mate's early release from jail. tar with the meeting, which Gardner has denied, how- was attended by most of the ever, that there is any link members of the department, between the letter and the in- Gardner said the newspaper's mate's work on the engine, account of what took place is even though the letter was not accurate, written the same day the Gardner told his employees sheriffpaid the inmate. that the reason he decided to The California Govern- donate it back to department ment Code, under Section was that he and his son had a 1090, bars county officials disagreement and Gardnerfrom being "purchasers at withdrew his offer. any sale" produced by them According to sources, in their official capacity. Gardner also asked employ- On the local level, that pro- ees not to publicly disclose hibition is reflected in the that he had met with them. county's personnel policies, That is because Gardner under Rule 22.05, which does not want the county's le- makes a reference to the state gal staff to know he talked law. about the engine, the sheriff is the new he has a new With the job: - rVisors unani- the salary of lsel Rob Shul- nine compa- and took the ranged from a in Amador ligh of $106,300 Five of the 'eyed had flat four offered r salary grid. a flat salary, there would be increases in Clark ques- m tioned the salary, saying he thought $90,000 might be more appropriate and give Conen "room to grow." However, Supervisor Bill Dennison said he was con- vinced that if the county was forced to advertise the posi- tion, it would cost even more. Cohen was the county's hu- man resources director and was appointed to be interim CAO when Jim Stretch re- signed. Dennison said he believed it would be difficult to find someone for the CAO posi- tion at all because there are currently nine CAO positions open in various counties. Dennison also said that he believed Cohen had proven himself in the position, in- cluding leading the board of supervisors through the bud- get process. m m m m review By Debra Coates premises business signs to be public hearing scheduled for It was the resort's direc- Managing Editor used, without the county's Dec. 18. tional sign to Longboards An anonymous complaint roadsides becoming littered That public hearing will be Restaurant that drew the against a sign pointing the with billboards, a continuation of the one that anonymous complaint. For way to a popular restaurant McMorrow said the com. occurred Nov. 6. In that hear- years, the resort used direc- will cause the county to re- mittee will study such re- ing, the supervisors reviewed tional signs at key intersec- consider its policy on off- strictions as the size of the the request by Plumas Pines tions in the Graeagie/Blairs. premise business signs, sign, its location, and its dis- Golf Resort to change theden area to point the way to A committee, headed by tance from the promoted county's policy toward off- its location at the end of Plumas County Planning Di- business. The board of super, premises business signs, or Poplar Valley Road. But, rector John McMorrow, will visors will hear the commit, grant the resort a variance to study a way to allow off- tee's recommendation in aallow its signs to stand.See Complaint, page 14A Kids' Page: A look at Thanksgiving. See page 4 & 58. Residents gather apples. See page lB. Real F.state mm y 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 Noon, Wed., Nov. 21 3:00pm, Wed., Nov. 21 3 P.m., FridaY, Nov. 2,3 tmmm 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26, as normal