Supervisors appoint interim county leader |

Supervisors appoint interim county leader

Jeff Munson, Tribune city editor

Laura Gill, who has served as El Dorado County’s assistant chief administrator for three months, was named interim chief administrative officer.

Gill replaces James Bourey who was fired by the Board of Supervisors on May 2 after nearly four months on the job. She came to El Dorado County after serving in an administrative position in Durham, N.C.

The board on Tuesday did not set a time line in hiring a new CAO. Supervisor Dave Solaro, who represents Lake Tahoe, said Gill will remain in the position indefinitely.

“It will give us time to figure out what we wish to do and what direction we want to go,” Solaro said.

Bourey was fired for being “incompatible” with the county and not for personal issues, Solaro said last week.

In other board action:

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n Supervisors agreed to release $300,000 from its contingency fund for legal services to stop a planned Indian gaming casino at Shingle Springs.

Since January, the county has spent $300,000 for legal expenses in its lawsuit against the National Indian Gaming Commission, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Interior Department. The county is also suing Caltrans claiming that it violated California environmental review laws when it approved an overpass for the casino project.

The money is needed for legal expenses incurred by the county and its outside counsel, Sacramento-based Diepenbrock and Associates.

About 10 people spoke at Tuesday’s hearing regarding the lawsuit, with two speaking against spending the money, Solaro said. One person said the proposed Indian casino would bring more jobs to El Dorado County, while the other person said that it’s unwise to spend money on a lawsuit with the county facing deep budget cuts.

No hearing date has been set on the federal suit. The county will meet with a judge on June 6 regarding the Caltrans suit.

n Two citizens from each district were appointed to the county’s Charter Review Committee. Dave Solaro named David Kurtzman, owner of Aspen Realty, and South Lake Tahoe City Councilman John Upton to serve on the committee, which will spend three months reviewing the county’s charter. Both are former board members of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

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