Sheriff may change call on civil procedures on South Shore
South Lake Tahoe residents with civil process questions and paperwork will now have to do business with the Placerville office of El Dorado County Sheriff Hal Barker.
Sheriff Barker said when the employee that handled the paperwork at the South Lake Tahoe sub-station retired this week there was discussion about saving department funds by consolidating the paperwork in the civil division in Placerville.
The changeover started officially on Wednesday and that afternoon Barker was already reconsidering the decision.
“I may change it,” Barker said. “I’ve heard a lot from people who I have a great deal of respect for. They believe it’s not a good idea and I can’t ignore that. I’m in the process of rethinking the issue.”
Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury was one of the people opposed to the decision.
“It effects our paper flow in a variety of ways,” Judge Kingsbury said. “The people at our local post office are efficient, but in reality it can sometimes take a long time for mail to reach Placerville. When you deal with procedures that are suppose to be summary in matter, like evictions, timeliness is important.
“We have a sheriff’s department that is accessible to serve the citizens of El Dorado County and when Sheriff Barker campaigned he represented that he would keep the South Lake Tahoe office a full service office. I know Sheriff Barker is a man of his word and he will stick to it,” Judge Kingsbury said.
Officials with the sheriff’s department said deputies would still be available in South Lake Tahoe to serve civil matters, but all paperwork must be sent to Placerville. Residents calling the South Lake civil division number will hear a recording and be given the Placerville number, (530) 621-5665.
All non-criminal lawsuits are processed through a civil procedure, including things like family law matters, property and business disputes and probate.
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