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Supes preparing for Schultz’ departure

By From page A1 | September 13, 2017

Bill Schultz wears many hats. He’s El Dorado County’s elected recorder-clerk and also serves as the registrar of voters and Veterans Services director.

Acknowledging his impending retirement next year, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors have opted to take one title off his plate. On Aug. 28 the supervisors unanimously approved separating out the registrar of voters position with plans to hire someone before Schultz leaves so when a new recorder clerk is elected in 2018 that person will not assume the registrar’s role. No decision has been discussed regarding Veterans Services.

The county should hire a new registrar of voters based on merit and qualifications, Supervisor Shiva Frentzen said, and not entrust the position to someone who “wins an election.”

Schultz, who said he initiated the discussion, told the supervisors they should hire an experienced and educated person to lead El Dorado County’s Elections Department. In addition to hiring a new registrar of voters, Schultz advised that the county might have to add another position in Elections to handle the workload.

“There are so many (elections) changes coming dow the pipe,” he said. “We’ve got to get somebody in place by the time I retire.”

Schultz received high praise from the supervisors not only for the work he’s done for the county over the years but also his commitment to making his retirement a smooth transition.

The supervisors directed Human Resources staff to return to the board with recommendations for job specifications and a salary range for the registrar of voters position as well as a modified recorder-clerk salary range.

Two people have announced their intentions to run for recorder-clerk — El Dorado Union High School District Trustee Todd White and former county supervisor Ron Briggs.

Noel Stack

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