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Fair News Wednesday, Nov 21,2001 3A Motcalf of the Plumas- Fair Board of B Voted 9-2, with two to support their ment came a two-hour closed 14 in which atives and discussed fair- executive offi- was put on paid leave in Octo- dismissal of fairgrounds clerk, and allega- Clements main- Petty cash fund that to the coun- the closed ses- board president presented a pre~ by the board of a vote tak- session. Leonard Ross stating the )orts CEO as fair man- went on to say, board does agree g of some handled improp- be corrected. opposed the re- Clements and letter of repri- be placed in his was seconded Bill Long. support included Beatty, Stockton by Eosie Shulz by Pat Roarty and Leah West, all of Plumas County. Sierra County votes in sup- port of Clements came from Kevel Gutman, Bill Long and Bill Rouse. Those voting against Clements were Thelma Olson and Carol Viscarra. Those who abstained were Susan Neer and Jane Roberti. The closed session was held during a regular month- ly meeting of the fair board. Traditionally, the board meets on the third Wednes- day of each month, but moved the meeting ahead one week due to the Thanksgiv- ing vacation. The fair board had not scheduled a closed session on its agenda, but Supervisor Ken Nelson, County Admin- istrative Officer Bob Conen, and Deputy County Counsel Julia Coleman, requested a closed session to discuss the situation with Clements. Clements was also present for the closed session. Problom The situation of the unre- ported petty cash came to the board of supervisors' atten- tion when Clements dis- missed Mark Zanhoffski, who still under probation with the fairgrounds. Under county l)olicy, an employee can be released without cause while still un- der probation. In recourse, Zanhoffski went to the supervisors and "reported the presence of a petty cash fund, kept in the fairground's safe, that was not included in the fair's fi- nancial statement to the i I County Board decides to fol- to ffire as chief execu- of the Plumas- Fair, six and members of mard of directors to resign. ssage came from president Mike day after a closed representatives said that he, Pat Stockton, Sierra County Kevel Gut- Long refused to board if supervi- Clements. that longtime Rosie Schulz resign. Schulz was vacationing in China so she couldn't be reached for confir- mation. Before she left, how- ever, she gave the board her vote of support for Clements. A decision was anticipated concerning Clements yester- day, Nov. 20, at a board of su- pervisors' meeting. If the members resign, Su- pervisor Don Clark or his suc- cessor would need to appoint two new representatives; Su- pervisor Ken Nelson would need to appoint one, and Su- pervisor Bill Dennison would need to appoint one unless Schulz also resigns. In that case, Dennison would have to appoint two. Beatty said he couldn't work for a bpard that treated employees and appointees the way Clements and members of the fair board have been treated. Country Gdlled Chicken Snndwich french bread with bacon, Jack lettuce, tomato and BBQ sauce. wi~ fries or salad and large drink. Lindan & Main, Quincy herchandise sale at Local ano Savings! Products Clothing Jewelry Hand Bags And More! Northern Hair Co. 458 Main St., Quincy 309 or 983-3760 county. To allow for investigation, supervisors placed Zanhoffs- ki under paid leave. They al- so chose to place Clements on administrative leave with full pay and benefits. The supervisors' action took place in closed session in late October where two sit- uations occurred--the board did not report that it took ac- tion during the closed ses- sion, and Clements was not notified that he was being discussed during the session. Under the Ralph M. Brown Act, which governs public boards, an employee must be given 24 hours notice before he or she is to be discussed in closed session by a board. The employee has the right to be present and request the meeting be held in open ses- sion, if desired. Clements didn't receive no- tice of the meeting until he was contacted by the board's representative, then acting County Administrative Offi- cer Bob Conen, following the meeting. Following the board's deci- sion, Conen said there was no vote taken by the board, but he decided to place Clements on administrative leave for his own protection. During a special meeting, however, members of the board of supervisors admit- ted to voting in closed ses- sion. The vote was four in fa- vor of placing Clements on administrative leave. Super- visor Don Clark abstained. At that time, County Coun- sel Rob Shulman said the board was not required to disclose its vote since it did not take negative action against Clements. Representatives from the Brown Act and California First Amendment Coalition, however, said that any action that put Clements into a sus- picious light did negatively impact him. Representatives did not buy the argument that the board was acting quig0kly to protect Clements. Professional Pet Grooming Vickie Cutler 284-1454 Mike Clements Plurnas- Sierra County Fair Manager Therefore, the board was re- quired to announce the vote. Investigation During a special meeting of the Plumas-Sierra County Fair Board, posted as a closed session, but held in public at Clements' request, the board voted in a narrow margin to support Clements and send a letter expressing their con- cerns about how the situation was handled. Among other concerns, the board stated that they didn't approve of the board of super. visors taking action without notifying the fair board in ad- vance. During the meeting, it was disclosed that a number of di- rectors knew about the petty cash fund, Administrative secretary Nancy Pullan said she was well aware of the fund, and indicated that oth- er members of the staff also knew of its existence. It was disclosed that the fund was never larger than $150-$180. It was explained that funds from the fairground's Laun- dromat, change from the fountain and cash found on the grounds and not claimed were added to the fund. Pul- lan said receipts existed with the fund on nearly all trans- actions. The fund was used to pur- chase cowboy hats for the staff to wear during the Cali- fornia High School Rodeo As- sociation Finals, occasional Your main water line shut off can cause water damage to ,your home if you have an old sWle gate valve. 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Beatty said the supervisors reminded members of the Suporvisors' response fair board that they are ap- During the Nov. 14 meeting pointed to serve at the plea- of the fair board, members sure of the board of supervi- openly discussed their role in sors. the county and relationship Beatty pointed out the fair with the supervisors, board is also accountable to "They asked Rob Shulman the state, from which it re- to put together some things," ceives the majority of its Beatty said about the policy funding. and procedures the fair board Beatty went on to say that was given, the manual "doesn't say that Beatty said the information we're puppets of the county," includes when it's appropri- but it as good as says it. ate for the fair board to meet In the policy and procedure in closed session. According report, Shulman also said su- to the supervisors, it wasn't pervisors could subpoena di, appropriate for the fair board rectors to testify before the to meet in closed session con- board under certain circum- cerning Clements' situation stances. with the county. Shulman pointed to Gov- The policy and procedure ernment Code 25170 for his outlined also included the in- information on subpoena au- formation that the board of thority. supervisors can remove a di- That question came up dur- rector at any time. Directors ing a special meeting of the are appointed by the supervi- supervisors when B.J. Pear- sors for a three-year term in son said he wanted to bring Plumas County. in all the fair board members Each supervisor appoints who supported Clements and two board representatives find out why they were will- from his district. The Sierra ing to do so. OPEN YOUR EYES We are ready to help you see the world. 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