Supervisors May Establish Citizen Elections Committee Despite Legal Advice

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on the establishment of a citizens elections oversight committee, despite doubts from the county counsel. The legal advisor to the board, Gretchen Stuhr, was appointed last week by the board. In the official staff report that accompanies Tuesday’s agenda, it says county counsel has reviewed the proposed ordinance and found it legally insufficient and unenforceable. The ordinance would establish a committee of five, with each supervisor choosing one member. There are concerns that the action is an attempt to pre-empt the authority of Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling-Allen. Chair Patrick Jones and Supervisor Kevin Crye have both been especially critical of Darling-Allen despite her exemplary record of accuracy that has drawn national praise. She’s been accused without evidence of improper actions in the 2022 primary.