Supervisors to discuss Oliver leave

Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat

Though the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will have to replace County Counsel Gregory Oliver in the coming year, just how the board will replace him remains to be seen.

The county supervisors could make that decision on Tuesday when they meet at the county's main office building. According to meeting documents, the board can choose one or two routes to find a replacement - a professional search firm or in-house.

A private search firm hired by Los Angeles San Benito counties for a similar position cost about $30,000, according to meeting documents. An in-house search would be conducted by the County Administrator's Office and Human Resources.

The search process would likely include initial screening of applications, candidate interviews with an expert panel and the Board of Supervisors, and a check on background and references. According to meeting documents, similar vacant positions with other counties drew about 20 applications. The entire screening process is expected to yield between three and five finalists.

Oliver announced in July his plans to retire from the position as of March 12, citing a desire for a change as the reason. The announcement followed an unsuccessful bid for Tuolumne County Superior Court judgeship.

If the board approves the recruitment process on Tuesday, an estimated schedule would have the new counsel in place March 13.

The board Tuesday is also scheduled to:

• Vote on a contract with Overland, Pacific and Cutler Inc. for right-of-way assistance on the Buchanan Road project at the cost of $100,475.

• Consider a business plan for Tuolumne County airports in Columbia and Pine Mountain Lake.

• Decide on a contract with AutoMon LLC for training and support on a software installation project totaling $121,000.

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

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