EDITOR: The Board of Supervisors last Tuesday clearly violated the Brown Act, as it was obvious the whole matter of creating a large bureaucratic super development agency had already been pre-decided behind closed doors. The item was so complex, the public in the audience was unsure what the board was actually approving, but one thing was clear, many supervisors had already made their decision behind closed doors before the meeting — a violation of the law.
The board’s appointment of Kim Kerr to the “acting” director position of this newly created, costly, bureaucratic agency is nothing less than pure insanity. Kim Kerr completely lacks the qualifications, credentials and experience to oversee this super agency and is under Grand Jury investigation for all of the problems she caused in Ione, Amador County, at her prior job where she was unqualified and unfit for the positions she assumed. You can read the mayor of Ione’s Sept. 4 letter regarding the scathing blame of Kerr that is posted on the Internet.
I completely agree with the comments made by Joe Harn, the county’s tight-fisted auditor-controller. If there is a trusted county employee whose comments you can rely on regarding county finances, it’s Harn’s. Harn stated, “In my time as county auditor I have never seen a consolidation like this. This consolidation will cost $400,000 to $500,000 per year. Maybe there will be cost savings in the future, maybe. The supervisors created three new positions that will be highly compensated. All three will be paid over $100,000 per year. The supervisors and the CAO must be aware of a big pot of money that I am not privy to,” Harn wrote.
This new super agency created a super bureaucracy that adds more highly paid layers of staff, higher salaries and more cost of $400,000-$500,000 a year in new salaries in a time when the county is supposedly having budget problems – Ha! Add in the consultants they will hire and the increased cost mushroom into millions. The new positions created will be some of the most expensive in the county government, and those highly paid slots were created by unqualified people within the CAO’s office seeking to appoint themselves and get large raises.
The only somewhat sensible no vote came from Ray Nutting who obviously had a whole lot of concerns about what was being done.
Lately, watching the Board of Supervisors is just like watching a “Circus in Fantasy Land” with the CAO and her Assistant Kerr putting on a regular Fairytale Dog and Pony Show.
I’m asking the newly elected incoming supervisors to reject the revisions to the County Code necessary uphold this decision and bring this item back in January for repeal, as the county can’t afford to hand out six-figure, gold-plated salaries and pensions to unqualified bureaucrats in these difficult budgetary times.