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Sutherland gets gavel

Arguably one of the more courteous, patient supervisors when listening to opposing viewpoints, District 4 Supervisor Robin Sutherland now has the heavy hand in controlling board meetings.

Sutherland was unanimously voted chair of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors at its first meeting last week. She took over the post from District 2 Supervisor Sue Horne.

Sutherland said it is natural for people to get heated over topics they are passionate about, but there is nothing more discouraging for the public than sitting in a contentious board meeting.

“There’s no excuse to be discourteous to each other,” Sutherland said. “We’re not there to be political grandstands.”

She said she is going to enforce a strict policy that supervisors don’t interrupt one another.

While Sutherland admits she was nervous on her first day as chair, she said she was comfortable by the second meeting on Tuesday. Her goal is to ensure that the board operates in an efficient and respectful manner, she said.

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