Robin Bostain, Health and Human Services Agency-Regional Services Branch Employment and Training Worker Supervisor is named the 2016 county employee of the year.
Next item is a designation to make Jan. 2017 Slavery and Human Trafficking month in Shasta County.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett is behind the podium to give more information on the efforts of the DA's Office.
Bridgett invites the public to an event at the Cascade Theatre, where a film on Human Trafficking will be screened in Redding.
Next item: District 3 supervisor Mary Rickert nominates Steve Kern as a county planning commissioner.
The board of supervisors will consider the nomination for Kern on Jan. 24.
We are on to the public comment time. There are no public comments.
We're on to the consent calendar. Supervisor Steve Morgan, Dist. 4 supervisor, Mary Rickert, Dist. 3 supervisor are not going to vote on the minutes from the last meeting, because they were not present.
The board is reviewing the comments from the last meeting. They are discussing an invitation to the Record Searchlight to discuss homeless issues in the county. That invitation is missing from the minutes and they want to amend the minutes and extend the invitation.
Shasta County Executive Officer Larry Lees said the county will be watching closely the state budget announcement from Gov. Jerry Brown. The county might have to take a "step back" due to a conservative budget. That is related to property and sales taxes that are lower than expected.
Supervisors are giving their reports on what meetings and events they attended recently. Both Supervisor Les Baugh and Mary Rickert attended a Cattleman's meeting.
The weather is a concern for residents. Rickert said there was minor flooding in Burney over the weekend.
The board of supervisors is recognizing Stephen Carlton, District Attorney who retired at the end of 2016.
Supervisors thank Carlton, who is now behind the podium.
Carlton thanks the board for their kind words. He would not have quit if he knew he was that good, he said joking.
Former Shasta County Sheriff James Pope is here as well.
Larry Lees said the board has a number of options to determine direction to fill Carlton's vacancy as the DA.
The board has three options: Open recruitment across the country. Second, internal recruitment. Three, simply recruit someone in that position.
Lees said recruiting internally would be the most cost effective option. Advertising outside of the state would raise costs.
Baugh and Morgan both support appointing Bridgett to the DA position.
Moty asks, how does the recruitment process work? Lees: It would be advertised. Moty: Let me make it a bit shorter - how would we decide who we would pick? Lees: Once we have candidates, we would bring them back to the board for public interviews.
Moty: Bridgett is very qualified, but it serves a purpose to show who the applicants are. I'm a little torn on this. I don't know if we're make a pick today, but after the comments of my colleagues I would like to moll this over.
Rickert: I think there is something to be said about seamless transitions. In the best interest of Shasta County residents, I personally lean toward an appointment.
Kehoe: I see immense value in involving the public and the local Shasta County legal community in an opportunity to apply for this position. I resist the idea that a direct appointment is any sort of closed environment that we're not giving other people the opportunity.
So far, it is Morgan, Baugh, Rickert who are in favor of appointing. Kehoe and Moty want to open the process.
Lees: It's not appropriate to appoint an individual today.
Rubin Cruse, county counsel: Any action would require a waver that establishes a policy for recruitment. That would be brought back at another date.
Baugh said he would want to appoint Bridgett, so that is being considered by legal counsel. They are whispering.
Cruse clarifies, the motion would be to follow an appointment and a waver for personnel rules. The motion would be specifically for Bridgett. That's appropriate.
Moty: I'm going to oppose the motion. My concern is when you open it to the public, you allow the best to come to the top. I strongly believe we have that person, but it's important that the public knows that. Those are the concerns I have.
Kehoe agrees with Moty. I think there is immense value in opening this up to the public. Allowing the public to come forward with comments.
So, Rickert is swayed and the votes are pushed to opening the DA's position to an advertising process.
We move onto item R6 - a presentation on ethics in public service.
Rubin Cruse, the county's lawyer, is laying out the principles of public service. There is a slide with a bag that has a dollar sign on it. He mentions vote trading, so public officials may not solicit, receive or agree to receive bribes. This includes vote trading between supervisors.
Cruse is giving examples of forbidden contracts and penalties that might be connected with those - an example is a supervisor who has a contract with a nonprofit that is working with the county. The next slide has a gift box icon, next is a car icon.
Gifts to supervisors could be meals, travel expenses. They are limited to $470 per year for gifts.
Supervisors cannot receive $470 in gifts in a 12-month period and not a calendar year.
Transparency rules and conducting open meetings are a major concern. That includes emails - board members should refrain from sending emails among themselves.
This laptop battery is dying and there are several closed session items that will follow this board meeting, so I will be logging off now.
County staff are still in a closed session meeting.
The board comes out of closed session.