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County government could use a shake-up

We, as Americans, are a republic working under the umbrella of the Constitution of the United States of America, and of necessity we have a system of checks and balances to weed out those who would have it their way, “the con artists.”

Bringing this down to the little county of Nevada, we operate under this same Constitution, and we the people elect an entity known as the Board of Supervisors to manage the various departments. The board works under a parameter known as the oath of office, where they swear to work in the best interests of the people.



At the county level, the constitutional system of checks and balances are vested in our county counsels, two of whom should be adequate, as their only duties should include researching the legality of the actions of our managers, the board.

I charge the present Board of Supervisors is rife with political malfeasance, which should be grounds for impeachment, but the county counsel are not doing their job. This should bring about a overall shake-up, as no department is working in the people’s best interests.




However, the present county counsel’s office has five attorneys and one paralegal, plus a secretarial staff, all working in litigation against the people of the county. Incidentally, the present county counsels are appointed by the board. Managerial-wise, this whole office should be closed and two attorneys be contracted from private sources.

At the present time, Nevada County has 21-plus attorneys, and the majority are not cost effective. Certainly the public defender’s office should be privatized.

I insist that we use the Constitution – use it or lose it.

Bill Steele

Nevada City


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