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Clerk to the board of supervisors resigns; it’s not about the money

By Debra Moore

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Heidi White, the clerk to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, submitted her letter of resignation dated June 30 to the supervisors and they accepted it during their July 11 meeting, though not without regret.

“She can’t go,” said District 5 Supervisor Jeff Engel. The other supervisors likewise voiced similar responses, with District 3 Supervisor Tom McGowan saying that he would “regrettably” make the motion to accept her resignation, which is effective at the end of the month.

In her letter, White wrote, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the County and the Board of Supervisors for the last three years.” The letter gave no reason for her departure, nor did she comment during the board meeting.

When asked outside of the meeting why she was resigning, White would only say that “It’s not due to money.” While salary issues have been cited by many departing employees, White wanted it known that was not the issue in this case, but wouldn’t comment further. She has accepted a position similar to the one she has now, but in Incline Village. She will work remotely a couple of days a week and commute.

White had succeeded Nancy DaForno who had held the position for roughly 30 years, originally under the auspices of the County Clerk’s Office, but later it was made a stand-alone position reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors.

In her weekly report to the board, County Administrative Officer Debra Lucero said she soon would be recommending that the duties of the Clerk to the Board be combined with her office and a deputy clerk be hired. The Board of Supervisors will have to decide if they wish the position to remain a standalone entity reporting directly to them, or whether it become absorbed by the CAO’s office, reporting to the CAO.

According to the Plumas County website, following are some of the  job responsibilities for the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors:

  • Coordinating and attending all regular and special meetings of the Board of Supervisors, Board of Equalization, and Special Districts
  • Preparing agendas and minutes including proper noticing, processing, and maintenance of official records of all actions taken
  • Maintaining rosters and processing committee and commissions appointments
  • Recording all claims against the county
  • Acting as custodian of Plumas County policies, resolutions, and ordinances

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