New Health Officer Not Approved Over Background Checks Issues

Shasta County is again on the hunt for a new health officer. During a closed session of the Board of Supervisors Tuesday another person being considered for the job was rejected, apparently due to issues in their background check. The board had rejected a previous candidate last month. In May of last year the board voted 3 to 2 to fire Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom. Though she was dismissed without cause, it’s generally believed to be due to her adherence to state laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was criticized by some groups for heavy handed enforcement, even though she and her public health colleagues were never more restrictive than the state required. The county maintained a hands-off policy it called “enforcement through education”.