Magrini On Leave As Newspapers Legal Fight For Documents Continues

Former Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini is on leave from his job as Assistant Executive Officer, according to the Record Searchlight. The newspaper and the county are embroiled in a legal fight over the court-ordered release of some documents related to Magrini. The newspaper says it had been denied multiple public records requests starting in August of 2021 concerning issues surrounding Magrini’s dismissal as Sheriff following staff votes of no confidence, his subsequent appointment to the newly created position of Assistant County Executive Officer, and the appointment of Michael Johnson as replacement Sheriff. Magrini’s new job came with a 31% boost in salary. The county said the internal communications were confidential, and the Searchlight sued. The newspaper says a judge ruled on April 10th that the county must give up the documents within 15 days without charge and pay the newspaper’s legal fees. The county released a statement saying that the Searchlight was being misleading and that the county must maintain confidentiality for its employees, particularly those who may wish to help in the ongoing investigation. The documents are now in the hands of a judge, who will redact personal information before passing them on to the newspaper. Magrini has apparently been on leave for more than a month now, but nobody seems to be able to give a reason for that.