Moonlighting clerk-recorder ousted early |

Moonlighting clerk-recorder ousted early

Dave Moller
Sun News Service

Kathleen Smith is officially out as Nevada County Clerk-Recorder.

At a special meeting Thursday afternoon, county supervisors voted unanimously to officially vacate her office. They named county Auditor-Controller Marcia Salter as her replacement until a permanent clerk-recorder can be found.

On Wednesday, county CEO Rick Haffey said that supervisors “have made findings that she has vacated her office.”

Truckee-area Supervisor Ted Owens said Smith “cleaned out her belongings, left her keys, her credit card, her ID card, and told her subordinates ‘I’m done.'”

Owens said that in the absence of a resignation letter, county staff had to make findings to recognize Smith’s actions as a resignation.

“She did submit a letter of resignation ending June 30 so she could collect income in both places ” we found that to be unethical.

“I’m just glad it’s over,” Owens said.

Owens said he believes the Clerk-Recorder Office will run “much smoother” now than when Smith was in charge.

“It is a hard thing,” he said, “but ultimately it’s beneficial to the citizens of Nevada County.”

Filling Smith’s position temporarily with Salter will allow the department to function until a permanent replacement is appointed to the normally elected office, Owens said.

“Then an applicant would be appointed by the board of supervisors in a public hearing for the remainder of the term, ending on January 1, 2011.”