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Bedwell rethinks his resignation

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Former Nevada County District 3 Supervisor Drew Bedwell is questioning his decision to resign from his job as supervisor because the governor has been “dilly-dallying” on appointing a replacement, he said Tuesday.

“I’ve begun asking why I resigned at this point. An ill representative is better than none,” Bedwell wrote in a letter dated Monday to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Bedwell submitted his resignation on May 18 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. The governor can appoint an interim supervisor, but regardless of whether he makes an appointment, voters will select a candidate in the general election Nov. 2.

Bedwell expressed frustration with the delayed process.

“I was always under the impression that it was a simple process of a replacement, and so the entire process has been a total mystery to me,” Bedwell said.

After Bedwell’s resignation became effective June 2, the board has been split in half on many issues. The line is usually drawn between supervisors Peter Van Zant and Barbara Green on one side and supervisors Sue Horne and Robin Sutherland on the other.

Bedwell said other than expressing his disappointment in Sutherland and Horne in their decision to cancel Fran Freedle’s much-debated appointment to the County Clerk-Recorder position, “for the most part I have just sat back and watched. My body doesn’t need to do that to itself. I am focusing more on family.”

In Bedwell’s letter to the governor, he reaffirmed his support of county Planning Commissioner John Spencer as the interim supervisor. He said he will also support Spencer’s campaign, but that Bedwell’s exact role is up to Spencer.

“I am just a civilian right now, so it is up to him,” Bedwell said. “We live in a funny county. Sometimes my help wouldn’t be welcome.”

Bedwell said his health is getting better, something that can be greatly attributed to his wife, who “kept me from doing too much.”

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