Nevada County supervisors likely to oust Smith
NEVADA CITY Throwing Kathleen Smith out of office will be the subject of a special meeting at 3 p.m. today of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.County Executive Officer Rick Haffey said Wednesday that the board would consider a resolution confirming and accepting the recent resignation of the Clerk-Recorder and declare her office vacant.Last week Smith unexpectedly announced her resignation, effective on June 30, but she did not tell the board she had been moonlighting at the City of Rio Vista since early March.The board found out the next day after The Union newspaper, the Sierra Suns sister paper in western Nevada County, reached her by phone at her desk in the Sacramento Valley city.We have made findings that she has vacated her office, Haffey said.The findings are still being researched and wont be released until the meeting, he said.Haffey said the board will also decide how to run the office until June 30 should they vote for the resolution. This is expected, as all five board members in recent days have called for Smiths swift resignation.Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens told the Sun he believes Smith should immediately resign.I wish her the best in her new endeavor, Owens said, but the sooner she resigns the sooner Nevada County can repair the problem.Owens said that for senior staff, the county CEO, and the board of supervisors, the Smith issue has taken focus and become a distraction from other issues, but he doesnt anticipate that major problems will result, either in elections or other functions of Smiths office.Haffey said the county has received no formal letter from Smith indicating she intends to resign before June 30.This has been so odd that we had to recommend this action to the board, Haffey said. We have continued to try and contact her, but we havent heard from her since Tuesday morning.Reached on her cell phone Wednesday afternoon, Smith hung up on the reporter.Smith was elected to office last June. A previous board, led by District 2 Supervisor Sue Horne, first appointed Smith in June 2004. Her tenure has been marked by repeated complaints about her offices handling of elections, as well as her management style. The Sierra Suns Greyson Howard contributed to this report.