Mono, Inyo Supervisors Announce Appointments

–  Press release from Mono County

Mono County, Calif. – On Tuesday, May 21, the Mono County Board of Supervistors announced its selection of Jim Leddy as the new Mono County Administrator.

Jim Leddy

Jim Leddy

The selection follows an extensive recruitment process begun in January and guided by the Board’s efforts to strengthen strategic planning for the county. Jim Leddy currently serves as a Deputy County Administrator/Community andGovernment Affairs Manager for the County of Sonoma. The Board of Supervisors intends to approve a contract formally appointing Mr. Leddy as County Administrator on June 4 starting on June 10.

The salary will be $160,000 annually.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Byng Hunt commented, “Jim brings energy, experience and a commitment to effective and efficient public services. The Board was unanimous in the decision to ask him to join our community. This Board is identifying and working on a series of short and long term challenges facing our County and we know we need an Administrator that will work with the community, the staff and the Board to maximize results.” Chairman Hunt further commented, “The Board also extends its appreciation to Public Health Director Lynda Salcido and County Counsel Marshall Rudolph for their respective services as Acting CAO during this process.”

Prospective County Administrator Jim Leddy commented, “It is such an honor to be given the opportunity to work for the Board and join with fellow public servants of Mono County in delivering high quality, crucial services. Mono County is an amazing place of rugged, natural beauty and has challenges and opportunities. I am confident by working together, we can strengthen public services while being wise stewards of taxpayer resources. The Board’s commitment to building a strong strategic planning process through collaborative partnerships is exciting and I can’t wait to get started!”

Prior to coming to Mono County, Jim has two decades of public service experience. Jim has served as the Community and Governmental Affairs Manager (Deputy County Administrator) of Sonoma County since 2008, a position with additional public information and legislative responsibilities. Prior to working for Sonoma County, Jim was the Executive Director of the Napa County Planning and Transportation Agency from 2006 to 2008. From 1993 to 2006, Jim worked for the State Senate serving in the District Offices of two Senators, first as a Field representative then District Director.

Jim grew up in the rural community of Monte Rio in Sonoma County. He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Davis in Sociology (Criminology Focus). Jim is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute, University of Virginia (Weldon Cooper School of Public Policy – 2011).

In addition to his professional service, Jim, age 45, is a former member of the Santa Rosa School Board having served two terms from 2001-2008. Jim is married to Kathy Hayes, his wife of 15 years, and they have twin 11-year-old sons, Logan and John.


– Press release from Inyo County

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the appointment of Clint Quilter as the Director of the Inyo County Public Works Department. The Public Works Director position has been filled on an interim basis by Doug Wilson, of Willdan Engineering, since January 2011.Mr. Quilter will begin work in Inyo County on August 5th.

Clint Quilter

Clint Quilter

The Board will act upon a standard County personnel services contract in open session to finalize Mr. Quilter’s appointment. The appointment of Mr. Quilter was made by a unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors, with all members present.

“I’m extremely pleased we were able to reach agreement with Mr. Quilter”, said Board Chair, Linda Arcularius. “It’s been a long recruitment, but well worth it.I’m sure Mr. Quilter will validate the discernment exercised by the Board in selecting our next leader for this important department.”

Mr. Quilter comes to Inyo County from the City of Hollister, California, where he has worked for the past 24 years; the last nine as the City Manager.Prior to being appointed City Manager, Mr. Quilter served as the City’s Public Works Director for seven years.Mr. Quilter is a graduate of Tonopah High School, in Tonopah, Nevada.

“I am extremely excited to begin work for Inyo County. Having met and interacted with both the Board and a number of staff members, it is clear to me that it will be a great place to work. Being from the general area, I have a great love of high desert and eastern Sierra. I can’t wait to get started”



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48 Responses to Mono, Inyo Supervisors Announce Appointments

  1. Ideology and new blood May 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Got a good feeling about Jim Leddy. From the Bay Area, Bastion of open-minded and progressive liberal thought.
    Can’t wait to see if he’ll be butting heads with far-righter Tim Fesko on ideology.

    • Reimburse the overpayment? May 23, 2013 at 5:50 am #

      And part of that ideology is the consideration of docking the pay of all non-elected administrators to even the field with all union employees, and this of course, is not socialism (a word Fesko likes to throw around lately).
      It is unclear if Larry Johnston (who is also on the bandwagon of reducing salaries) is willing to reimburse the money he was “overpaid” when he and his wife were on the government payroll.
      But that’s different … LOL!

    • Tourbillon May 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      “open-minded and progressive liberal thought.”

      Well which is it? Or did you intend the oxymoron?

      • Liberal is not a dirty word May 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm #


        The word liberal is the webster’s definition – not the Limbaugh/far-right definition.

        But after years of lunatic extremist brainwashing – the confusion is understandable.

        • Tourbillon May 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

          I know what “liberal” means. “Progressive liberal thought” is not the same thing, by a long way. And did you know? There are news outlets other than DailyKos and Mother Jones. Try something new, it might be refreshing.

          And again with Rush. You plump him so much I’ll have to listen to him one of these days. Your familiarity with the man and his putative ability to foster “lunatics”, in your typically delicate phraseology, is quite revealing. I am resolved to take him in a much smaller dose than you apparently have.

          • not gonna happen May 27, 2013 at 7:42 am #

            Nnsense, Tourbillon,
            Limbaugh and the far-right has got you and you know it.

            The only thing neocons can come up with is “Right is right!”
            Whatever the hell that means.

            BTW you will never get a far-righter elected – the country is on to the fascist lunacy the far-right espouses.

        • BillyD May 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

          Funny, when I read liberal I think knee-jerk. Why is that?

          • Mark May 26, 2013 at 11:08 am #

            When I read liberal I think of TOML and everything that’s wrong within it.

  2. Wayne Deja May 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    BillyD…..When I hear the word conservative,or Republican,I think of Limbaugh,Beck,the “momma-grizzly” Sarah Palin,Donald Trump,the “47%er” Mitt Romney,and now maybe the “new face” of the Republican Party,from what I’m reading, and hearing him say….Dennis Rodman. Good Luck in 2016,or for that matter, 2014…..Your gonna need it.

  3. Tony Cumia May 26, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Funny when i Hear ‘Liberal Democrat’ I think of some one who is very closed minded to people that arent “liberal’. I think of people who ideals are stuck in the 1960s[not very progressive to be stuck on failed policies from the past] I think of government dependence,I think of uneducated people who havent a clue to how economics work, I think of people who use symbolism over substance. I think of people that use the power of the government to shut down political oppostion[IRS]…I dont think the repubs need help…the Democrats are doing their work for them.

    • not gonna happen May 27, 2013 at 7:46 am #


      Can’t wait to see your front-runner in the next election,Tony Cumiia.

      Let’s see … who might it be ? ,,, Palin? Bachmann? Beck?

      Can you say loser?

    • Confusion abounds in politics May 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      You are one confused puppy T.C.
      And until you neocons can come up with a strong front-runner for president – the majority of America will continue to view Palin, Beck, Bachmann, et. al as laughing stock.

      • Tells you something about the GOP May 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

        There was a time, albeit brief, when polls showed Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann topping the 2012 Republican presidential primary field. And that tells you something about the challenges the GOP faces as it tries to rebrand itself as a viable party in presidential politics.

        The Tea Party per se is dead in the water as far as the GOP is concerned.

        Get used to it, neocons. The US views you as loudmouthed, nutty buffoons.

        • Wayne Deja May 29, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

          I think the US looks at the tea party AND the GOP as loudmouth nutty buffoons…….

          • Steve May 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

            What a coincidence. That’s exactly how I see liberals.

    • Best definition of a conservative May 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      A person with two perfectly good legs who has never learned to walk forward.

      • Big AL May 29, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

        Best definition of your assumption of all who you want to label a conservative … narrow mindedness.

        • Young voters rejecting neocons May 30, 2013 at 6:08 am #

          A person who believes that nothing should be done for the first time is probably the best (and most polite way) to describe today’s conservative.

          That is why today’s younger people (who are gung-ho in moving forward) are rejecting the conservative presidential front-runners in droves.

          Get used to it, Neocons. You’re hopelessly stuck in the dark ages thinking “if it was good enough for grandpa and great-grandpa – it’s good enough for me”

          • Big AL May 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

            Would it surprise you though to know … there are a fair amount of conservative minded young people around.

            They are not born conservative, and they are not suddenly conservative when they reach 47 or some odd age.

            I’m just saying, we all have our beliefs .. why is it people can not tolerate things any more with some measure of patience, not pointing the finger at anyone, but making an observation.

            We get molded in how we see the world, I think. from influences ad how we perceive the truth.

          • They don't get it May 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

            Our young people (the future) and people of color (the emerging majority) voted Democratic by a huge margin the last two presidential elections.

            Some confused political factions still cannot fathom why this is.

    • J-Frog May 29, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Just so you know Tony, I am giggling inside from your blanket statement you put on “liberal democrats” keep watching foxnews, it really gives you the whole picture (Sarcasm).
      My turn!
      When I think of fundamental conservatives I think of those who have no consideration for those in a different circumstance, I think of those who throw blanket statements on such a wide variety of people and cultures, I think of the old saying ” not every conservative is a racist, but every racist is a conservative”, I think of those who believe in a god that looks down on them from the sky, I think of those who are keepers of double standards, I think of those who look at life in black and white with no room for all the grey area that surrounds us, When I think about fundamental conservatives I think of all the occasions conservative reps changed their view because it effects them personally, I think about those people that don’t care until they see it effects them.
      And I don’t expect anymore comment backs, but show me some love and give me a thumbs down!

      • Big AL May 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

        That’s what you think Jerry, and that’s what Tony thinks .. blanket statements or generalization eh?

        A racist is a racist, and can be either conservative or non conservative, A racist can either believe in God or not.

        I would say, that a racist truly doesn’t believe in God, maybe that is wishful thinking on my part, I don’t feel God is racist, but I know people are!

        I think God sees in shades of grey as well as black and white and all of the colors of the spectrum.

        Yes you’re right some people only see black and white, we see it here as well as in politics and a lot of things in life.

        But that doesn’t make them conservative, it just makes them narrow minded. How ever, your right, some conservatives seem to be narrow minded, as are some liberals, or tea partiers, or peace and freedom party members.

        You mean you didn’t expect me to comment back? I’m showin the love brother! You know I will.

        I hear ya though, in your observations, but you can not lump everyone in one group and say they are all the same, or …. try to make them all the same. It’s easy to do though .. part of the human condition in regard to labeling people for identification purposes.

        I could think of all liberal types as being stupid and being enablers of people, but I don’t see that in everyone who professes to be liberal. I do see it in some.

        That is what I see at times, and some will go so far to push their beliefs on others, to slander ad fraud. Some in the conservative ranks will do the same.

        Some people with strong beliefs will try to push their beliefs on others, right or wrong or indifferent. As you say some bury their heads in the sand and hope the junk doesn’t come along and lop it off, because they refuse to see it or are scared to see it.

        Sand baggers, carpet baggers, flip floppers, opportunists, come in all sizes, colors and political beliefs. Some are cool people, some are assbites. Just call it like it is in the individual instance.

        • J-Frog May 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

          I was giving my side. I couldn’t keep it in.
          I’m upset Big Al, believe me I will take my concerns to the street (by way of petitions, outreach, debates, protests and research.)
          I don’t believe in blanket statements and don’t believe humans really know what god is “I don’t know about you but I always find it entertaining when people redifine what God actually meant”
          Yes I feel strong about my beliefs and try to push the “facts” that changed my veiw to other’s, because we have a mess to take care of, and the more the youth has to deal with elders that make the decision to not see it in anyother way, become part of the problem as well.
          Its a sad scene Big Al, especially when one gives a damn about other habitats and see’s them used and abused for humans convenience.
          Thanks again Allen, it definitely helps when you know somebody is listening. .

          • Big AL May 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

            Oh I listen .. and I understand, and I give my point of view, I will listen to others, I just point out things I see as important.

            Right on.

            I don’t redefine who God is .. He is who He is brother. I just seek to be that way, and this life gives ya the journey to do so. I hear ya about people who try to redefine God, like they can do that. It’s all in what you believe Jerry, I respect your beliefs whole heartedly.

            Yes in some elders eyes, the essence of that statement, is “some” .. not all. And “some” give a damn still.

          • Sadly true May 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

            Sadly, Big Al (and other like-minded neoconservatives) believe they have the power, “authority” and cynical confidence that others will associate with minds of their caliber and callously (and childishly) refer to the President of the United States as “Obummer.”

            And they cannot understand why the GOP is distancing itself from their ilk.

          • They could care less what great-grandpa did May 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

            Tom Brokaw once deemed the WWII folk as “The Greatest Generation.”
            Today, he gives that moniker to the 20 – 30 age group.

            As each generation is more liberal than the generation before it, there is no question in my mind that the “Greatest Generation” (who are inheriting the ugly mess the generation before it left them) are poised, ready and have already made their statement to the world (by overwhelmingly voting Democratic in the last two presidential elections)
            and are serious about charging ahead with monumental social changes making the world better for their children and their children’s children.

        • Mark Twain May 30, 2013 at 6:11 am #

          Chew on this a while, Big Al …

          The liberal of one century is the conservative of the next. The liberal invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.

          — Mark Twain

          • Big AL May 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

            Yeah I see that .. amazing how that works, when did we start changing …

            When we learned some truth along the way?

  4. Desert Tortoise May 28, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Regarding Mr. Quilter, how does someone with nothing beyond a high school diploma become a city manager and now a county public works director? One would think there is no shortage of qualified candidates with a public administration or public finance degree, or in the case of a public works director an engineering degree to take these positions. One would think a suitable degree is a minimum requirement for such a position. Amazing.

    About the pay issue, $160K per year is more than a flag officer, General or Admiral, in the US military makes. One has to ask if the number of people supervised and the degree of responsibility of a county administrator in such a small county exceeds that of an Admiral or a General in our military. I think not.

    • Changing Times May 29, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      If you have not noticed D.T., the younger generation does not view war the same way the older generation does. Generals and Admirals were/are a big deal post WWII, but things are different. The new generation focuses on other things. Such as how do I make it in an overcrowded world where there are more people than good jobs?

      Perhaps its time to let those who call themselves “The Greatest Generation” (enough is enough with the WWII story that was nearly 70 years ago) fade away to make room for smarter and more well-equipped younger people.

      • Big AL May 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

        Changing Times, yes you are right about the younger generation thinking differently, of course it does .. and our generation sees it differently from our parent’s generation.

        But in the log run each generation brings something to the table always, the generation of our grandchildren will bring … yet, something else. It will have it’s own life in this world as we are having now.

        Wisdom is learned from life’s lessons … situations we go through. It’s good to set back and take notice at times. And see what you’re learning.

        Isn’t it?

        • Younger generation is learning May 31, 2013 at 5:51 am #

          The mistake boomers have made is to think the next generation would not notice how a recent political group has brought to the table a bankrupted country trying to find weapons of mass destruction (that never existed in the first place) in Iraq while making the Vice President and his wife (The Cheneys) and their cronies rich with their associations with defense contractors Halliburton and Lockheed Martin.

          The younger generation is the most intelligent one yet and embrace cleaning up the environment, gay people’s legal relationships, and BS wars designed to make the elite wealthy.

          They are paying attention to these life lessons … and are noticing everything. And learning everything.

          Aren’t they?

      • Big AL May 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

        Ohh and that’s not right though … try to sweep away something great in our history, that still has people in these modern times who lived that century like we are living it now. There was some mighty triumphs achieved in that time, that saved us from some bad joo joo, had some people or ultimately one person who would have enslaved us. Not just here in this country, rather, throughout the world.

        You get some pretty arogent tones with your messages, at times, I will reiterate, that I understand what you’re saying, but you’re not really any better equipped than they were, or smarter, you just think differently. That group of people that you want to fade away, well they still have it going on better than you think you have it figured out.
        As I said wisdom is learned, you get it from living life, so you see .. they still do have something to contribute, that will never change as is will be for your generation with the technological advances going on in these times. Did you ever stop to think … how much technological and industrial advanced happened before their eyes?

        My one grand father saw the first planes fly, that was recorded on camera. My other grand father was a WW II Flying ace with the British Royal Air Force. And in the life time of the one who saw the first flight, he also saw a man on the moon.

        I remember star trek, and I see things slowly coming to reality in very similar ways. Look at Dr. Bones, he could diagnose you with a small hand held device. And now … smart phones, they do things like that too .. well similar … right?

      • J-Frog May 30, 2013 at 7:50 am #

        @ Changing times, Of course we need the elders and those who have the wisdom through experience to help us but even that has been seldom scene, our society is such a “anti society” unless your are already part of the social circle already. Yeah it’s definitely time to move on to the current platform, some of those black and white approaches just aren’t relevant anymore in this ever changing world. Well equipped? Yes! Worse Off? Yes!
        @Desert T. So a degree huh? what about those rich kids that get the world handed to them, have their degree and schooling paid for, and not really work that hard at it because they know they are gonna make it one way or another since they have such a safety net, and then there is those who didn’t have those resources or to be so fortunate but still find a way through hard work and being receptive to those around them and becoming the best possible candidate (without a degree). And yes I feel those at the top levels take in way to much credit and pay, but it seems that is what capitalism has become, capitalizing on others work and resources. Yeah wages and compensations are way out of wack (in comparison with responsibility and production), especially in DC and on WALL ST!

        • Thomas Jefferson May 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

          All men are created equal – except for those who have greater opportunity because they were born into it.

    • Desert Tortoise May 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      So are the zero likes and three dislikes an indication that people are, like me, disgusted at the wages paid or disagree with me that I think these employees are over paid?

  5. Mark May 28, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Liberals would be better off getting the brain rotted by FOX news then reading the Huffington Post who continues to fail to report all the facts.

    • J-Frog May 29, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Oh Okay Mark! Mr. “I don’t answer the all questions because I don’t want to be proven wrong in front of my peers”
      America would be better off if the public would stop feeding into this liberal Vs conservative. Yeah I give my opinion, and solution =
      It’s Congress Vs US, they will always win if we continue to think its either the liberals or conservatives fault, there is plenty of blame to go around, we the people can’t get anything done because of the CORRUPTIVE INFLUENCE OF MONEY!! Believe me or not, it is gonna be the effort that saves our Republic/Democracy!
      I am not proud to be a American because of the Wars we get into, I am not proud to be a American because of our Political, Justice, Market and Banking system, I am Proud to be American because we have the right to speak our hearts and minds no matter the opposition!

      • Big AL May 29, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

        “America would be better off if the public would stop feeding into this liberal Vs conservative. Yeah I give my opinion, and solution.” Bingo Jerry.

        I am proud to be an American, as you say, I don’t like the fact that we have gotten into some of these wars, for some reasons. I also don’t like to see what the greed does to things and it does to people. We could be better at doing things.

        • Politics of greed May 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

          And speaking of greed, I am continuously amazed at the number of Americans who have been duped into believing taxing the rich is the worst thing that can possibly happen to the country. 2nd would be looking after the underserved in our community. This is truly one of the twisted ideals of conservatives.

          This one’s for you, Big Al:

          A conservative is a liberal that has either been mugged or paid taxes.

          • Big AL May 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

            lots of folks get mugged raped and pillaged Dr. And that is not a dig .. just an observation.

            Also, I understand the feelings about taxing the rich, how it can be a bad thing, .. it’s a double edged sword, One side .. oh man don’t do that it will plug the economy up, well yeah, that is a right observation. The thing is, you go laying harder burdens on the rich, as with anyone, it tends to make them hold onto their money, they will continue to earn it but won’t spend it,

            They don’t spend it, then what?

            The economy slows down, they’re not putting it into the main stream of the economy.

            So the other side is you want the tax to help out, you need the tax, but I think what really urks people now days is that the govt. is increasingly wanting more money owed for taxes.

            And we are not getting good in return for more and more taxes, higher taxes.

            Money is being misused.

            And the blame I feel rest with us all … not just one group.

          • the rich are heroes to some May 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

            Conservatives worship the rich. (some weird identification/fantasy thing, I suppose)
            Normal people see the greed in that.

      • Non-thinking conservatives May 30, 2013 at 6:14 am #

        The conservative view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

        — John Kenneth Galbraith

        • the way conservatives see it May 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

          New Conservative Republican Definitions

          alternative energy sources
          n. New locations to drill for gas and oil.

          n. A punishable crime when committed by poor people but not corporations

          Cheney, Dick
          n. The greater of two evils.

          class warfare
          n. Any attempt to raise the minimum wage.

          climate change
          n. The day when the blue states are swallowed by the oceans.

          compassionate conservatism
          n. Poignant concern for the very wealthy.

    • Desert Tortoise May 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Why do you assume that these represent preferred news sources for people of any political persuasion? There are a lot of news sources in the world and most of the really good ones are abroad.

      • J-Frog May 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

        True that Desert T.
        I believe the good ones are the ones that don’t have ties with those who give major contributions to either party’s campaigns, or those tied to any company or industry that supports either party. Because the corruptive influence of money works really well in this current platform. #GetMoneyOutOfPolitics
        I guess unless one likes to hear about jodi aries, Kim K., what each political party says without objection or fact checks. I mean they have gotten really good at diverting our attention away from what we should be hearing.

  6. I is one May 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Mr. Tortoise, although I have yet to me the man (Mr. Quilter), you peaked my interest and I did a quick research of his credentials on the States Comsumer Affairs Department. Lo and behold not only is Mr. Quilter a registered civil engineer he is also a professional land surveyor. Evidently you are spending to much time on the blogs, if you want to be involved, you should concentrate more researching the cost savings to the County on a rare dual licensed individual rather than farming out the tasks to outside sources as we have had to as of late. As a side note neither engineers or land surveyors were required to have sheepskins to sit for their exams, only multiple years of experience and a extreemly high understanding of excelerated math. In fact you need no experience to set for either the engineer or land surveyor in training.Why don’t you go take those tests and get back to me.

  7. J-Frog May 30, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Heres one for Y’all, Who lies more Repubs or Dems?

    If you have the time, Watch it. Cenk Uygur keeps it real! It’s the news source I trust the most.


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