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El Dorado County Board of Supervisors appoint sheriff

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors appointed Undersheriff Fred Kollar to serve as the county’s sheriff for the next year, according to a statement from El Dorado County.

Kollar will replace Sheriff Jeff Neves until voters select a new sheriff in Nov. 2010. In October, Neves announced he would retire on Dec. 26, a year before his term was scheduled to end.

Kollar will take the reigns as sheriff on Dec. 27.

The board appointed Kollar to the sheriff post by a 3-2 vote during their regular meeting Thursday in Placerville.

The decision followed a recommendation by the county’s Chief Administrative Officer Gayle Erbe-Hamlin.

“The Sheriff’s Department has some serious fiscal and administrative challenges in the short term,” said Erbe-Hamlin in the statement. “Fred is intimately familiar with these challenges, has a solid command of the day-to-day operational needs of the department, and is uniquely qualified to provide the management needed during this transitional time.”

The Sheriff’s Department is working to address a $750,000 gap projected in the next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010. The department also faces a current shortfall of $400,000 due to declines in sales taxes allocated to law enforcement agencies. Difficult bargaining negotiations with the Deputy Sheriff’s Association also lay ahead, according to the statement.

Kollar has stated that he has no intention of running in the election for sheriff, and is expected to provide the board of supervisors with a letter verifying that he will not run for the position in the upcoming election.

As part of Erbe-Hamlin’s proposal, the position of undersheriff will be deleted. This results in salary savings to the Sheriff’s Department of approximately $210,000 per year. Reinstatement of the position can be reevaluated when a new Sheriff is elected, according to the statement.

“I’m pleased with the Board’s action and feel strongly that Fred’s appointment was the best possible solution for the Sheriff’s Department at this time,” said Erbe-Hamlin.

– Mountain Democrat reporter Ken Paglia contributed to this story

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