Tahoe substation looks at full service
Full service for residents with civil process questions and paperwork will be restored to the South Lake Tahoe sheriff’s substation.
“We are looking for a new person to fill that position and we hope to fill it within 30 days,” El Dorado County Sheriff Hal Barker said Thursday.
When the employee that previously handled civil process paperwork, such as evictions and family law matters, retired last week the decision was made to consolidate the paperwork in Placerville. All non-criminal lawsuits are processed through a civil procedure.
The change left residents with two choices – either send their paperwork through the mail, possibly delaying the service, or drive down to Placerville.
The change was made to save money, but on June 17, the first day the service was suspended, complaints started to come in. That afternoon, Barker said he was already rethinking the decision.
Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury was one of the people opposed to the change and let Barker know. She said forcing residents to rely on the mail service or unpredictable drive down to the West Slope could effect the timeliness of service.
“Suzanne Kingsbury was right,” Barker said. “She made some points that I couldn’t ignore, and so did several other people. We will go back to what we had before. In the meanwhile we are going to make the interim as easy as possible for South Lake Tahoe residents.”
Barker said while a new employee will be started as soon as possible, until then the paperwork will be handled in Placerville. Deputies in South Lake Tahoe will still serve all civil matters. Anyone with questions can contact the Placerville office at (530) 621-5665.
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