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4A Wednesday, Dec, 26,2001 II By Victoria Metcaif "so he can't run against Staff Writer him." Supervisor B.J. Pearson County Counsel Rob Shul- voted kis convictions as he man said he looked into the opposed the rehiring of Greg situation, and in the past, re- Hagwood by the Plumas employment ofpersonnelsep- County Sheriff. arated from a department for Requesting a consent agen- less than a year has occurred. da item be opened for discus- In this case, Shulman went sion, Pearson said he was on to say that Hagwood is ex- concerned by appearances, perienced and qualified for Questioning Hagwood, who the position offered to him. was present at the afternoon Pearson persisted, pointing session of the Dec. 18 board of out that Hagwood wasn't supervisors meeting, Pearson "just coming back as a wanted to know what part deputy, but a deputy sheriff," the sheriff had in Hagwood's with a pay increase. decision not to run for the County Administrative Of- elected position; and the later ficer Bob Conen pointed out job offer, that if the county was hiring someone with Hagwood's Discussion qualifications, they would be Pearson called Sheriff Len hiring at that rate. Gardner's proposal to rehire Supervisor Don Clark Hagwood, who resigned from wanted to know if having a the department in June, an discussion on the subject was "improper use of taxpayers' appropriate without the pres- money." ence of the sheriff. He was "I can't agree to it," Pear- not at the meeting, and a call son said. to the sheriffs department in- He added that the rehiring formed board members he and Hagwood's withdrawal was out of town. from the race for sheriff, gave Pearson brought up anoth- the "obvious appearance" of er concern. He said the sher- the sheriff hiring someone iff had earlier determined to Serving Plumas, Sierra & Lassen Counties A COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Business Home Aito 283-1112 Since 1883 400 Main Quincy Lic. #0140935 Surf the world wide web Get yourownE-Mailaddress II g" 9 lnl ocT:umber I Unlimited access o s ! 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"He had plenty of time," Pearson said, to do the hiring before Hagwood had taken out papers to run for sheriff. "I don't think this is prop- er," Pearson said, and re- quested that the other super- visors consid- er the sheriffs actions. Supervisor Bill Dennison said the sher- iff couldn't purchase addi- tional emer- gency equip- ment at this time. "I don't like to second guess a de- partment head," Denni- son said. "Knowing the circum- stances, it puts us in an ethi- cal position," Supervisor Robert Meacher said. "'Can you ethically do it?" Clark suggested the board agendize the item for further discussion when the sheriff could be present. Pearson said the situation "deserves full debate." "What could be contributed that he hasn't already brought up?" Shulman asked about the sheriWs presence. Pearson said that if it was a different set of circum- stances, he could support Hagwood's rehiring. But, the "facts warrant vot- ing no on behalf of the peo- ple." Supervisor Ken Nelson, in looking at the sheriWs bud- get, said he had $500,000, and don't like the process sheriff is going through to do this. But wood is a hell of a deputy." Bob Conen County Administrative Officer was now coming back to the board for additional funds. Conen pointed out that, during the budget discus- sions, the sheriff said he would be back for supplemen- tal law enforcement funding. "I don't like the process the sheriff is going through to do this," Conen said. "But Hag- wood is a hell of a deputy." Moving from the audience to take a seat in front of the board, Hagwood said he had anticipated that there might "This is very be some issue with the ap- ness to me," Pearson proval of offering him a posi- "Did anyone else c tion. you and see if the Hagwood said he withdrew would like to hire from the race and that his Pearson asked Ha "sole interest is in returning "No," Hagwood res to the sheriffs office." He said that he Hagwood said he served mained in contact with there for 13 years. When heous members of the chose to resign in June, hedepartment. What he said he left with the under- was that his previous standing that standing that the the sheriff didn't want him on the didn't approve was incorrect and it of him. What to clear up the he later standings. learned was Once again, that it was a the misunderstandings lack ofcommu- based on the lack of nication with nication between the sheriff that the sheriff. lead to his res- "Do I want to be the ignation, right now?" Ha When Hag- sponded. "No, I don't." wood took out Pearson once again the papers to wasn't questioning run for sheriff, wood's credibility, he said it was wanted to know if the his understanding that it was ii'fs department the only way he could return contact. to the sheriWs department. Pearson asked at "If I wanted to run for sher- point Hagwood iff. I would run for sheriff," withdraw from the Hagwood pointed out. "It's fore or after his my life's passion and I want with the sheriff?. to return to it." "At what point did Pearson said his concern cide to withdraw?" Pe$ wasn't with Hagwood's quali- asked. fications to do the job, but Hagwood didn't with the circumstances sur-1v answer Pearson's ( rounding the timing of the of- tion, but said that his fer to rehire him. sion to take out papers determine the amount port available to him. & We're your ONE STOP SHOP! We have the best prices! hquor Beer & Wine Donuts "I would like the su the board," Hagwood He added, "I can work better than any applicant..." "I understand Mr. son's sentiments," Hal said. He can appearances may be, he Following the the board voted four to ( approve rehiring the department. FOSTER Fountain Drinks -Gas Snacks _ PARENTS Sandwiches Food Cigarettes ".._ " NEEDED Environmental JE RELAY GAS STATION (530) 2 8'3 3 3.'- Hwy 70" East Quincy- 283-0938 u,.