Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith resigns
April 10, 2007
NEVADA CITY The abrupt resignation of embattled Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith remained a mystery at noon Tuesday.Its very personal, its very private and Im going to keep it that way, Smith said outside the Board of Supervisors chambers about 11 a.m. Tuesday. The countys top elections official said she said was not ill or in any kind of trouble.Everythings good, Smith said. Its a personal, private decision and there are no details.As for the future, Smith simply said, Im exploring my options. According to board Chairman John Spencer, Smith told the County Board of Supervisors she was resigning right after 5 p.m. Monday as they concluded a budget meeting. Smith was appointed to office in 2004 after former County Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewitt-Burdick resigned in mid-term.Spencer said he did not know of anything wrong that caused Smiths decision to resign so abruptly.As far as I know its a decision she made on her own for whatever reason, Spencer said. We met with her last week and everything seemed OK then. In a letter given to the supervisors late Monday, Smith said, In the best interest of the citizens and voters of Nevada County and my career as a professional elections administrator, effective June 30, 2007, I resign as County Clerk-Recorder for the County of Nevada.Smiths tenure has been riddled with controversy, including confusion caused in several elections over mistakes in voters information, absentee ballots and changes in polling places. Just prior to her June election, Smith changed the ballot designation of her opponent, Greg Diaz, from retired clerk-recorder to recorder systems consultant.Diaz was a consultant for clerk-recorder systems at the time, who had worked as the San Francisco Clerk-Recorder. Smith beat the virtual unknown last June in a close race, her first since taking over from Lorraine Jewitt-Burdick in 2004, after Jewitt-Burdick quit in mid-term.