Nevada County supervisors to examine installation of new hearing officer |

Nevada County supervisors to examine installation of new hearing officer

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors is scheduled this Tuesday to appoint a new hearing officer, a position the county uses in its marijuana cultivation appeal process.

Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

Tom Naramore, information systems manager with the county, is tapped to become the new hearing officer. His appointment comes at the same time county counsel is recommending three existing hearing officers — Stewart Knox, Steve Castleberry and Joshua Pack — be removed from their posts.

Knox is no longer a county employee. Castleberry and Pack have served for years as hearing officers and opted to step down, according to the County Counsel’s Office.

The county will have three hearing officers once all changes are made.

The position of hearing officer was created by a May 2012 change to county code. That marijuana cultivation ordinance was again tweaked in July.

In a staff report County Counsel Alison Barratt-Green references that July change, which means growers can face per-plant, per-day financial penalties starting on Jan. 1.

In other matters, the board:

• Will examine passing a resolution proclaiming tree mortality an emergency in Nevada County. If passed, the board will send the resolution to Gov. Jerry Brown and ask for a waiver of any state regulations that could hinder response efforts. It also asks to make assistance available under the state’s Disaster Assistance Act.

• Will enter a closed-door session to discuss the federal case of Soga v. County of Nevada.

Kathleen Soga, a former employee of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, filed a retaliation suit in 2014 against the county and Rolf Kleinhans, the chief fiscal and administrative officer with the sheriff’s office.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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