Treasurer candidate questions opponent’s qualifications
Senior Staff Writer
Dai Meagher wants opponent Darlene Woo thrown out of the crowded Nevada County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s race, but Clerk-Recorder Gregory Diaz has refused to do so, saying she is a legitimate candidate.
In a recent series of letters and e-mails to Diaz’s office, Meagher alleged Woo did not meet the qualifications for the office.
He said the Probation Office Administrative Services Officer does not qualify, because she has not served as a senior financial manager in any of the county departments that deal with money, like the Auditor or Treasurer-Tax Collector.
In communications with Diaz and Assistant Clerk-Recorder Gail Smith, Meagher also said Woo has not served three years in a senior fiscal management position as called for in state and local statutes.
“I don’t think an Administrative Services Officer meets the requirements, so I think some level of investigation is needed, “Meagher said. “This is an important decision.
“There’s no way she’s done Treasurer or Auditor-Controller office-type work,” the certified public accountant said. “Just because you’re working on a budget doesn’t mean you’ve done similar duties,” at probation.
“She’s passed that test,” Diaz said, with more than three years of directing the Probation Department’s finances.
“In her department, she is the senior finance manager,” Diaz said. “An Administrative Services Officer is senior in my opinion and according to our research.
On Tuesday, Woo said she couldn’t understand why Meagher was coming after her.
“I’m wondering why he’s so concerned,” Woo said. “If the issue is he has a fear I would be an incompetent Treasurer-Tax Collector, well, I can’t allay his fears.
“All I can do is put forth my credentials and say I have accomplished these things in the past,” Woo said. “I’m grateful the elections office found me qualified to run.
“I’m very confident that I can be the kind of Treasurer-Tax Collector who can make positive changes in the office to benefit the people of Nevada County.”
For the full story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.
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