Upcoming county appointments to include Barry Pruett

California Elections Code Section 10515 provides that when the number of candidates for office for a special district board does not exceed the positions to be filled, the County Board of Supervisors shall make appointments in lieu of an election.

Offers so appointed serve exactly as if elected at a general district election for office. The Board may appoint any person who is “qualified on the date when the election would have been held” to such vacancies.

This includes two seats for the Western Gateway Recreation and Park District — Chris W. Garrison and Barry W. Pruett.

This is an agenda item at the next Board Meeting on October 23.

It’s becoming an open secret that Pruett — who lost the race for county clerk-recorder — is laying the groundwork to run for Hank Weston’s supervisorial seat when it opens in 2014. A seat on the Western Gateway Recreation and Park District builds your local resume.

We’ll keep you posted.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

11 thoughts on “Upcoming county appointments to include Barry Pruett”

  1. I think the bigger problem is that there are far too many boards and commissions in Nevada County, most of which have unfilled seats, or contested elections. There is a need for major consolidation of government services.

    If Chris and Barry have the time and patience to sit through endless meetings about turf maintenance, we should be relieved that someone does it.

    1. If you’re an ambitious politician, it’s also an easy way to springboard to a higher office without facing much competition along the way. Happens all the time in small communities such as ours.

      1. Jeff,

        We live in Penn Valley, Barry plays softbsll over there and wanted to give back to the community, we spend a lot of time over at the park. We both like Hank Weston and think he is doing a good job so why would he want to run for supervisor? you are off base on this one. Also, I know there has been a rumor going around from Joey Jordan, a friend of mine told me about it, that Barry is running for DA, that is absolutely untrue. Just wanted to set the record straight. Hope you have a good day.


  2. Kim,
    I don’t think Barry’s qualified to run for DA (you have to have lots of criminal court experience). But I have no doubt that Barry will be eyeing Hank’s seat in 2014. He’s got the political “bug.” Enjoy your day too!

  3. I am wondering if Barry will be supporting the use of grant funding to make park improvements? You know, like funding from Props 50 or 84, or any future resource bond funding that may be coming as the bonds authorized by those measures are sold? I am also wondering if he will be supporting accessing funding from the California Cap and Trade program, which AB 1532 authorized CARB to design programs to distribute, that may be used for parks or resource protection and restoration? The world is a complicated place…..sometimes you want to make sure your softball field is maintained and you discover that, “”When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

    1. I would welcome Barry into almost any position but for the simple fact that he has not shown any willingness to work with all of the groups in our community.

      I think that if you look at the simple fact that he lost the election by a larger margin than is required to pass a raise in taxes.

      To me this means that people would rather raise their taxes than vote him into a elected position (which is pretty sad!).

    2. Indeed Steve! Talk about “rent seekers.” The park has benefitted from $18K in Prop. 40 reimbursement funds. Grant $$$ from the Fire Safe Council has been used to clear brush. And there are parcel assessments (“taxes”).

      In fact, all of this has helped keep the park afloat. Donations and volunteerism is just a part of it.

      In the past, financial audits of the District also have shown some real deficiencies, as I recall. This has been addressed.
      The minutes are here:

      Government funding to help WGP is a shining example of what happens “on the ground,” not in the halls of demagogues.

      BTW, the disc golf course at the park is a jewel. We enjoy promoting it, along with the Smokin’ in the Oaks BBQ, Italian Festival and the bocce courts that the group built. Grandpa was an Italian (came from the Swiss-Italian border).


  4. Pruett can’t do any less than Weston, a seat warmer who leads from behind.

    How much trial experience do you need to be the DA of this county? Neither DA during my 12 years here has prosecuted a case. They appear to spend their time playing “Let’s Make a Deal” with defense attorneys, constantly recycling the same losers through our criminal justice system.

    Heck, maybe a new DA would start prosecuting white collar crimes instead of punting them to the attorney general. I wonder how big a bill we get for those cases?

    1. George,
      Assistant County DA Anna Ferguson (the #2) has a wealth of criminal trial experience.
      Hank Weston has a wealth of firefighting experience.
      Both are highly valuable skills in a community like ours.

  5. Sometimes this ‘running uncontested’ is by design. I’ve heard the excuse of an election costing an exorbitant amount of money (and many more), but often this is all about the remaining board members putting who they want in the empty seats. Have to laugh about the rumor of Barry running for District Attorney. He must be a glutton for punishment.

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