County to wait on sheriff position

November 11, 2002 11:00 pm

By Jennifer Henion

Triplicate staff writer

Despite the retirement of Del Norte County Sheriff Jim Maready last week, the county's Board of Supervisors will not use their regular meeting today to appoint Sheriff-elect Dean Wilson to the office.

Maready's leave comes two months before his term in office is complete, and with the retirement of Commander George Mina last month, Commander Tony Luis is left carrying the workload that was recently borne by three.

"This will be a period of transition and may require procedural assistance," Jeannine Galatioto told the Board of Supervisors at their Oct. 22 meeting.

Following Galatioto's recommendation, the board appointed a transitional ad-hoc team made up of one board member, the personnel manager and Galatioto. The team reportedly will examine the sheriff's budget and the current administrative plan.

In Galatioto's October recommendation to the board she suggests that "a transition team could provide policy and procedure guidance in the areas of board reports, personnel and budgetary issues to facilitate the transition.

"This would lend administrative support to the commander who may be assuming the duties previously accomplished by three individuals," she added.

Time will be set aside in today's public supervisors meeting at 10:10 a.m. to honor Maready for his 23 years of service to the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department and six years with the Crescent City Police Department.

"Jim has been a valued county official whose dedicated public service will be sorely missed," reads a proclamation by the board expected to be entered into the record today.

Sheriff-elect Wilson's term begins Jan. 7, 2003. It is unknown if he will be sworn in before that date.