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CSD lawyer draws fire

By December 21, 2011

El Dorado Hills Community Services District board memberts have been generally confident that the district is protected from the potential costs of a lawsuit by their former general manager, John Skeel. One reason is that the district’s legal counsel, Bob Thurbon, works on a fixed-price retainer which obligates him to represent the district through what could be an extended legal battle.

Some residents and employees who’ve followed the Skeel saga now wonder if Thurbon, who was responsible for guiding the board through the termination process, is the right man for the job.

Board members won’t say their confidence in Thurbon is shaken, but Director Noelle Mattock recently called for a review of district business practices to include seeking bids to replace Thurbon’s firm — Gold River-based Thurbon McHaney — as legal counsel. “We want to make sure we are getting the best legal counsel at the best price,” she wrote in a text message Wednesday.

Thurbon was recently found in contempt and fined for violating a judge’s order prohibiting the use of a Redding school district’s e-mails in a suit he filed on behalf of two of their former employees. He told local news outlets that he plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.

Mike Roberts

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Discussion | 6 comments

  • Kim ItemDecember 22, 2011 - 8:58 am

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 Kim@ KimItemMinistries.org

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  • Kim ItemDecember 22, 2011 - 8:58 am

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:11-12

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  • Crown Village residentDecember 24, 2011 - 10:33 am

    I would think the board is looking for new legal counsel because they have to. I can't imagine a scenario where Thurbon isn't part of the lawsuit so the CSD is going to have to spend a fortune on new legal counsel to clean up their mess. Maybe Noelle Mattock has a good friend who is a lawyer who can help. This mess will continue until we get rid of this board. I wish they would do the honorable thing and resign. The economy will never be so bad that they will find a quality new GM for the CSD. Who in their right mind would want that job? I really think the board will be looking for someone that will do as he's told from the board.

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  • Concerned CitizenDecember 27, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    The hateful and vial comments by the few are appalling to those of us who feel this board has the best interest of this community at heart. And It is sad that when we speak up we are attacked as well. Everyone is entitled to share their opinion just as you have. Perhaps we should wait to see how this all shakes out prior to accusing those that we have no proof have done wrong.

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  • Crown Village residentDecember 27, 2011 - 6:49 pm

    You want proof? Read this. Skeel's firing had nothing to do with performance issues. A new GM won't fix this problem in the CSD. http://www.mtdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Response-to-Cause-Allegations-REDACTED.pdf

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  • KimItemMinistriesMay 14, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    "The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of Peace —as in All the congregations [Incl. EDH CSD] of the Lord’s people.-1 Corinthians 14 Peace, Kim@ KimItemMinistries

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