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Presidential General Election 2016
October 31, 2016

With the Presidential General Election coming up soon on November 8th, visit the Sutter County Elections page to find election guides and voter information for vote by mail status, the provisional voter, and more.

Be informed and vote!

Sutter County Haunted Health Fair
October 25, 2016

Sutter County Public Health is hosting their 8th annual Haunted Health Fair Friday, October 28, 2016 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Sutter County Public Health Department, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

This is a free community event for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Family fun will include healthy and interactive games, face paintings, photo booth and much more. Children and family members are encouraged to dress in their best costumes.

Hope to see you all there!

For more information, please call (530) 822-7215

Subsidy Requests From Community Organizations To Be Considered By Board
October 14, 2016
At its October 25, 2016 meeting, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors will be considering subsidy requests from organizations that provide a community benefit. In past years these requests were considered at the annual County Budget Hearings, typically in June of each year. However, recently the Board has asked to postpone consideration of subsidy requests until the County’s budget has been adopted and more financial information is available. If your organization would like to request a subsidy from Sutter County, please plan on having a representative attend the October 25, 2016 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, held at 6:00 pm at the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, in Yuba City. The representative should be able to speak to the need for the subsidy request. It is preferred that you also submit a written request, to the Board of Supervisors at 1160 Civic Center Blvd., Suite A, Yuba City, CA 95993, that explains how the subsidy will benefit the community. Written requests should be submitted by Wednesday, October 19, so they may be included in the Board’s agenda packet.

If you have any questions, please contact Interim Assistant County Administrator Steven Smith at 530-822-7100.
Sutter County Wins Dismissal Of Lawsuit Filed By Former CAO, Again
October 06, 2016
For the second time, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former County Administrative Officer James Arkens against the County of Sutter, three sitting members of the Board of Supervisors and the county’s auditor-controller.

This time, the judge said the suit cannot be refiled.

In May, former Sutter County Administrative Officer James Arkens filed suit in U.S. District Court against the County, supervisors Jim Whiteaker, Ron Sullenger, and Dan Flores, and Auditor-Controller Nate Black, alleging wrongful discharge, defamation, age discrimination, unlawful retaliation, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

On July 25, U.S. District Judge William Shubb dismissed the lawsuit, but allowed Mr. Arkens an opportunity to refile certain of the allegations. In August, Mr. Arkens filed suit again, alleging constructive discharge, defamation, age discrimination, and retaliation.

This morning, Judge Shubb dismissed all remaining allegations against the county with prejudice, meaning they cannot be refiled.

“Reading the judge’s ruling, it is clear there was no wrongdoing by anyone at the County and there was no factual or plausible basis for any of the allegations brought against the County, or the board members, or the auditor-controller,” said Board Chairman Larry Munger. “We are very pleased with the outcome, and looking forward to the important work we do as a Board of Supervisors.”

Mr. Arkens was hired by the Board of Supervisors under a three-year contract which began in February, 2013. The Board of Supervisors announced in September of 2015 that it would not be renewing Mr. Arkens’ contract when it expired in February of 2016.

“My issue with him was his management style, not anything else. I’m sorry Mr. Arkens reacted to our decision by creating a story about a conspiracy where none existed,” said Supervisor Sullenger. “I’m happy the judge saw the truth of the situation.”

“I have learned things usually fall apart when they have been held together with fabrications and deceit,” said Supervisor Whiteaker. "Sutter County will move forward in its quest to find a new CAO that has effective leadership and vision for our County.”

“It is unfortunate this claim was ever filed,” said Supervisor Flores. “The employees of Sutter County are dedicated, and passionate about serving the citizens of the county. We have a great work environment where we share a common vision. We all look forward to welcoming a new CAO in near future who shares this vision.”

“It’s good to get these baseless allegations set aside so we can get back to focusing on the work of the county,” said Auditor-Controller Black.