Special election will be held to fill supervisor’s seat
August 28, 2014
The California Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday an attempt by former District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting to retain his seat. A special election to fill his seat will be held on Sept. 9 as previously scheduled.
Superior Court Judge Tim Buckley ordered Nutting out of office in June following six misdemeanor convictions for obtaining illegal loans from county employees and a county contractor used to cover bail for an arrest last year on felony charges of political malfeasance. The loans included a $58,000 cash transaction in Nutting's office, according to the press release.
He was later acquitted of the felony charges, but the fund-raising methods were deemed misconduct.
Following Buckley's decision, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors agreed to hold a special election to fill Nutting's former seat. The nomination period lasted from June 30 to July 18.
This was a joint investigation and prosecution by the California Attorney General's Office and the District Attorney's Office, and now the Supreme Court has finally spoken on the issue – Nutting's conduct constituted misconduct in office and his removal from office was lawful," El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson stated.