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2A Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 Portola Reporter I BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com With the county facing a smaller budget deficit than it has in years, the Board of Supervisors gave department heads permission to fill several upcoming vacancies. At their Tuesday, Aug. 13, meeting, the supervisors The assistant auditor jobthis (position)." Budget talks no decisions were made. granted approval to replace was eliminated by former Supervisor Sherrie Thrall Budget consultant Susan As they did last year, the three workers and approved a Auditor/Controller Shawn said the county "doesn't Scarlett said the county is supervisors will hold a series resolution to add an assistant Montgomery. really have a lot of choice" still facing a projected of budget workshops with auditor/controller. Allen said she would do aother than to fill the jobs. $681,826 shortfall for fiscal county department heads. A "This is the day to hire nationwide search for an "This is such a key part of year 2013-14. workshop took place people," Board Chairman assistant, our county office, and we However, she said she is yesterday, and another is set Terry Swofford quipped "I'm kind of casting a big have no redundancy," Thrall examining potential revenue for Sept. 3. before the supervisors net and hoping to find said. "We really need to do increases that could cut the unanimously approved the someone," she said. something fo help out her deficit by as much as Assessment appeals requests with little She said the county will be staff." $188,400. The supervisors set aside discussion, looking for someone who has The board took the same She also said the county the afternoons of Oct. 8 - 10 The board authorized experience in property taxes, stance by authorizing County could consider reducing its and Oct. 15 - 17 to hear Auditor/Controller Roberta "I have a key staff Assessor Chuck Leonhardt to contingency fund by as much appeals from property owners Allen to hire an accountant to member who is leaving," fill a vacant appraiser as $200,000 and lowering the who are challenging the replace a worker who Allen said. "And she is the position, amount budgeted for amount of their tax recently resigned. The one who is in charge of the Social Services Director litigation by up to $250,000. assessments. supervisors also authorized property tax roll. She does Elliott Smart also got a quick Scarlett and the supervisors Leonhardt said taxpayers human resources to begin : all of our billings. And a lot OK to fill a senior socialdiscussed the possibility of who are appealing will recruitment of an assistant of the money that comes to worker post. partially rolling back county receive a notice 45 days prior auditor, the county goes through employees' furlough days. But to their scheduled hearing. c vio Dan McDonald hearing an altercation at 3961 "She's in pretty bad shape," Managing Editor Greenville Reservation Rd. Canalia said. dmcdonald@plumasnews.com just before 10 p.m. Timmons was arrested on Deputies arrived to find a charges of rape, false A man was arrested on female had suffered serious imprisonment, forced oral multiple charges Thursday injuries. The Indian copulation, spouse abuse, night, Aug. 8, after deputies Valley/Crescent Mills fire making terrorist threats and responded to a domestic department was paged to violating probation. violence call in Greenville. respond. The victim was According to District Calvin Timmons, of transported to Enloe Hospital Attorney David Hollister, Greenville, is being held on in Chico. The extent of her Timmons has served time in $500,000 bail in the Plumas injuries was unknown as of prison for a previous County jail on charges that press time. domestic violence conviction. could include attempted Assistant Sheriff Dean Hollister said more murder. Canalia said the investigation information from the victim According to the Plumas was ongoing. He said it could would be needed before County Sherlfffs Office, take some time before potentially charging deputies were dispatched after investigators can get a Timmons with attempted a caller in the area reported statement from the victim, murder. It's mid-summer, and you still don't have your dream yard With our help you can have the yard that will be the envy of the neighborhood. 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They also about an hour before found five fentanyl patches, returning guilty verdicts on five cellphones, a police all of the charges against scanner and items associated Nichols on Thursday, Aug. 15. with weighing, packaging and The charges included two selling drugs. counts of possession of During the search, a methamphetamine for sale sheriff's detective answered a and one count of failing to call on one of Nichols' appear. The convictions cellphones. The call was from included two enhancements a woman seeking to buy for committing a felony while drugs from Nichols. 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