Letters of interest are now being accepted as Plumas County Supervisors begin the process of replacing Sheriff Greg Hagwood.
Hagwood announced his retirement plans earlier in September. Supervisors will appoint a qualified replacement.
Supervisors accepted Hagwood’s formal letter of retirement at the regular board of supervisors meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17.
County Council Craig Settlemire explained the three options available to supervisors in filling the position.
They could go ahead and appoint someone to the remainder of Hagwood’s term —nearly three years.
They could take letters of interest and then conduct public interviews of qualified candidates.
Or they could hold a special election. If supervisors chose that option, there isn’t time to add the position to the November election.
To meet the November election requirements, a candidate would have had to file papers by Aug. 9. “We have to have time to build the election, test equipment, prepare ballots and have them printed, etc.,” said Plumas County Clerk Kathy Williams.
Also, elections cost the county money. “There is never a way to predict or estimate the cost of any election,” Williams said, who is in charge of all county elections. “Costs change all the time for printing, postage, wages, ballots,” and other things, Williams added.
As an example, it cost Plumas County approximately $50,000 for the recent special assembly and senate district elections, Williams explained.
Supervisors’ appointment to fill the position would serve out the remainder of Hagwood’s term, until 2022.
In order to apply for the position, interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to write a letter stating their qualifications and send it to or drop it off at the Human Resources Department 520 Main Street Quincy, CA 95971.
At the meeting, supervisors did not specify how long those interested have to apply. Supervisors also did not set a date for interviews.
According to Settlemire, because this is an appointment to an elected position, all interviews before the full board must be conducted in open session.