El Dorado County, CA pissed-off citizens form political PAC called Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption

Posted: July 16, 2013 in California Corruption, El Dorado County
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COVAC

El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn

El Dorado County Auditor Joe Harn

El Dorado County, CA – Ty Robben reporting. Like the small town of Bell, CA where corruption made recent nation wide headlines. Pissed-off citizens of El Dorado County, CA consisting of the west slope area of Placerville, El Dorado Hills, Georgetown, Shingle Springs, Fair Play, Pollock Pines, Camino  and all the way to South Lake Tahoe have formed political PAC called Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption or COVAC.info to take on local county corruption.

Citizens are outraged to learn of the escalating wrongdoings, eyebrow raising salaries in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, double dipping, and vendettas by county officials primarily in the El Dorado County District Attorney office under the watch of Vern Pierson and William “Bill” Clark. An example is how DA Vern Pierson acts both as the District Attorney AND IT Director for El Dorado Taxpayers.

Illegitimate Salary and Pension Spiking

Much like the scandal that rocked the City of Bell, there has been an intentionally hidden discrepancy
between the “published” salaries of some elected officials in El Dorado County and what they are actually
taking home.  This problem was recently brought to public attention in a May 2013 salary study conducted by
the Publius Group. This study found that the “published” salary we believed we had paid Auditor-Controller
Joe Harn in 2011 was listed as $157,810.00. In reality, County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn, who supervises
a staff of 24.6 full time employees, took a total annual salary of $200,106.00 and a further benefit package
of $47,636.00 for a total cost to taxpayers of $247,742.00. Accordingly, John Chaing, the Controller for the
entire State Government of California supervises 1,520 full time employees only receives $136,994.00 in
annual salary. Furthermore, the Publius Group Study revealed that Joe Harn pulled off this deception and has
been spiking booth his salary and retirement benefits by claiming salary bonuses for both longevity and being
a Certified Public Accountant that were originally intended to help retain valuable civil service employees.

This same Publius Group Study found that the published salary we thought we paid District Attorney
Vern Pierson in 2011 was $159,910.00.  Instead, this study brought to light the hidden fact that in 2011
District Attorney Vern Pierson supervised a staff of 61.2 full time employees and took an annual salary of
$174,920.00 and a benefit package of $46,108 for a total taxpayer cost of $221,028.00. Not surprisingly,
the Publius Group Study revealed that Vern Pierson pulled off this deception and has been spiking booth
his salary and retirement benefits by claiming the same longevity salary bonus as Harn which was originally
intended to help retain valuable civil service employees.  COVAC will continue to investigate and expose this
shameful salary scandal.

Here is a link to the study conducted by the Publius Group (right click and select “save link as” to download the PDF file)..

Who We Are

We are ordinary people like you who are disgusted with the corruption in our local government.  Most of our founding members or contributors live in El Dorado County, California – the birthplace of the California Gold Rush. Our organization, the Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption is a Political Action Committee formed under the laws set forth in the State of California’s Fair Political Practices Act.  Our Political Action Committee, or PAC, is formed for the purpose of defeating corrupt local elected officials in California. vern pierson is as corrupt as hell

Our membership consists of local citizens fed-up with elected officials who are using their office for personal enrichment and career advancement, or abusing their power to retaliate against their personal and political enemies.  Donations to our PAC are not tax deductible.  Donations exceeding $99.00 in a single calendar year are required to be publicly reported to the California State Fair Political Practices Commission.  All of our filings with the California FPPC are open to public

Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption


In Your Court! Just Compensation? This Could Be You! What Is Your Verdict? Tell Your Story!

District Attorney Vern Pierson
Vern PiersonCHARGES:
Abuse of Office –

1. Fraudulently bringing Criminal Charges or Civil Suits against his personal and political enemies with the  intention of using the County’s unlimited financial resources to ruin their reputations and destroy them financially.

2. Failing to Investigate or prosecute Crimes and Malfeasance of personal and political friends.

3. Coercing court cases by using the County’s unlimited financial resources to outspend innocent citizens to force honest people into accepting unjust plea deals and settlements.

Illegitimate Salary and Pension Spiking -

1. Abusing the System intended to help retain valuable County employees with Civil Service status by taking an undeserved “longevity bonus”– this was never intended to apply to elected officials without term limits.

County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn
Joe HarnCHARGES Abuse of Office –

1. Fraudulently using the Grand Jury to bring false or fabricated Criminal Charges or Civil Suits against his
personal and political enemies with the intention of using the County’s unlimited financial resources to
ruin their reputations and destroy them financially.

2. Creating a climate of fear and intimidation with County employees.

3. Arbitrary and Capricious treatment of local agencies his office is contracted to administer.

4. Using his influence to have his daughter, with no experience, hired in the County’s administration at a
senior level salary over more qualified existing county employees who sought this “plum” position.

5. Coercing court cases by using the county’s unlimited financial resources to outspend innocent citizens to
force honest people into accepting unjust plea deals and settlements

Negligence and Malfeasance –

1. Failure to notice and inform El Dorado County Fire that the El Dorado County Ambulance Joint
Powers Authority would be requiring a $700,000.00 reimbursement until years later and leading to a
breaking scandal.

Illegitimate Salary and Pension Spiking –

1. Abusing the System intended to help retain valuable County employees with Civil Service status by taking
an undeserved “professional credential” bonus for having a Certified Public Accountant certificate – even
though being a CPA is one of the acceptable requirements to be placed on the ballot to run for AuditorController.

2. Abusing the System intended to help retain valuable County employees with Civil Service status by taking
an undeserved “longevity bonus”– this was never intended to apply to elected officials without term
limits.inspection.

On top of this is the array of high profile failures of leadership as both DA and IT Director. The DA office is failing to prosecute crimes in El Dorado County and instead spending resources on political with-hunts like the Ray Nutting case. DA Vern Pierson

The group, COVAC plans mass exposure to expose the corruption, and at the same time plans to support political officials standing up to the tyranny and working for the Taxpayers who pay their salaries.

Compounding the issue is collusion and racketeering whiten the  El Dorado County government including the County auditor named Joe Harn.

- See more at: http://www.inedc.com/search/node/joe%20harn#sthash.XAgchpHy.dpuf

Findings from analysis of public records of the compensation of El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn indicate that he is paid far more than comparable county Auditors and that he gets bonuses that may be inappropriate.
Placerville Newswire with data compiled by The Publius Group | May 24 2013

Auditor-Controller: Key Findings

  • The El Dorado County Auditor-Controller is the 3rd highest paid Auditor-Controller in the State in 2011 with a total wage of $200,106.
  • lncluding benefits, total compensation for the Auditor-Controller in 2011 was $247,742.
  • The Auditor-Controller is paid 15% to 52% more than auditor-controllers in counties of similar size to El Dorado County.
  • The average salary for elected Auditor-Controller’s in 2011 was $143,587. The El Dorado County Auditor Controller was paid $56,519 more than the average.
  • The Auditor-Controller is paid extra for being qualified to hold office. On top of the maximum salary listed in the El Dorado County salary schedule, El Dorado County’s Auditor-Controller is paid extra for being a Certified Public Accountant, which is one of the acceptable qualifications for the position under the California Government Code.
  • On top of the maximum salary listed in the El Dorado County salary schedule, the Auditor- Controller is paid “longevity pay” despite the position being an elected office.

The position of Auditor-Controller is an elected office under the El Dorado County Charter. Twelve counties do not have elected Auditor-Controllers? Many counties combined the position of Auditor-Controller with other offices. Interestingly, the El Dorado County Auditor-Controllers wage significantly outpaces the California State Controller, though responsible for a considerably smaller number of employees.

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller pay is $200,106 and has 24.6 employees. #4
The California State Controller pay is $136,994 and has 1,520 employees.

The El Dorado County Auditor-Controller is among the highest paid compared to elected auditor-controllers in other counties. In 2011, the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller was paid over $200,000 making him the third highest paid auditor-controller in the State. By comparison, the average wage for elected county auditors in 2011 was $143,587, $56,519 less than El Dorado County’s Auditor-Controller.

The higher than average wage appears to be a trend not isolated to 2011. Among elected auditor-controllers, the El Dorado County incumbent was the 4th highest paid Auditor-Controller in the State of California for 2009 and 2010.

In addition to salary, the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller is provided a generous benefit package relative to other elected Auditor-Controllers. A total of $47,636 in benefits was reported in 2011 including:

  • $26,798 toward a defined benefit plan.
  • $4,745 toward deferred compensation.
  • $16,093 toward health, dental, and vision benefits.

Benefits provided to the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller are the 14th most generous in the State of California among elected Auditor-Controllers.

#3 Data for comparisons includes elected positions only. Does not include the counties of Glenn, Kings, Los ‘ Angeles, Madera, Marin, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Clara, and Trinity. Data for the – City and County of San Francisco omitted.
#4 County of El Dorado Human Resources Department, Personnel Allocation Report FY 2012-13, , * http:_//www.edcgov.us_/HumanResources/ 

- See more at: http://www.inedc.com/1-4736#sthash.cHlYlxdT.dpuf

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Comments
  1. Reblogged this on Nevada State Personnel Watch and commented:

    This will be also coming to South Lake Tahoe.

  2. steve menzies says:

    I have info and evidence of Child Damage by DA william clark and vern pierson and fraudulent representation of the Grand Jury

  3. David k Reed says:

    TY ROBINS YOU DROPPED ME LIKE A BAD BLIND DATE ! WHATS UP WITH THAT
    THE {E.D.S.O.} HAS BEEN HARASSING ME ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL AND YOU NEED TO CALL ME (530)333-7627 A.S.A.P.THEY HALLED ME TO JAIL 5/23/2014
    FOR MY OUTSIDE YARD LITE THEY ARE STATING IT POINTING AT JEFF SCHMIDTS HOUSE HE ASKED ME TO BE PLACED UNDER CITIZENS ARREST
    THE CHARGE IS THE SAME AS ALWAYS 166A P.C. CONTEMPT :DISOBEY COURT ORDER.THESE TWO DEPUTYS JOHNSON AND FREAS WHERE AS CORRUPT AS THEY COME THEY LIED TO ME AND DEENA BOTH AND THEY WHERE CALLED AND IT TOOK THEM 2HRS TO GET HERE AND THEY CALL THE GEORGETOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT ON THERE WAY TO HAVE THEM EXTIGUISH MY BURN PILE
    BUDDY BOY MUST OF TOLD THEM I WAS BURNING. THEY ALREADY WHERE GOING TO ARREST ME BEFOR THEY EVER MADE CONTACT WITH ME THEY CAN’T LEAVE A FIR GOING WHEN THEY TAKE ME AWAY.

    • Did you see what happened to me? I was arrested last November and just got out. I will call and talk with you when I get in cell range.

      • David k Reed says:

        Ty do I understand you clearly you where aressted in November and are just now getting out of jail. Last I talked to you I herd you say you where moving to your cosines property in Calvaris County. “O” MY GOD call me A.S.A.P brother…
        (530)333-7627

      • email me robben.ty@gmail.com my phone does not work in the mountain where i am right now… but yes i was out in April and i am bust planning my big move against the mother fuckers that will end this once and for all using any and all means to obtain justice. and i mean any and all means if you catch my drift.

      • David k Reed says:

        CONTEMPT :Disobey CRT order
        166(A)(4) PC
        This is once again the trumped up
        Charge by the EDSO and number five
        Times I’ve been arrested for the same charge and the last four times I appeared I wasn’t even on the calendar and one again according to a nice man at Vern persons office witch i will never expose here name for any reason said to me I had better quite violating the restraining Oder that Jeffrey Alan Schmidt got a ruling against me in 2012 when he brought two young men in there early 20s twins who folks around town say are manie lidicotts step sons and they purged themselves 21 times on the stand when ignorant me goes in to the hearing without a lawyer and cross examine the one of the men myself he said he knows me and has know me a while David Kirk Reed .I have never met the man before In my life.When I said to the nice man at Vern’s office I didn’t and haven’t done anything to Schmidt he said well the DA’s office is staying out of it ether get a good lawyer or move or els I’m shit out of luck. I thanked man from the bottom of my heart for not sugar coating it and telling the way it is. I’m out $11,000 dollars I cashed out my 401k my money market account now I have no savings I’m broke . But I’m getting a loan for $250,000 from my uncle in Montana and letting him hold the deed to my property on this no interest loan and I will spend every cent if it helps get Vern Pierson , John D’Agostini and his henchman to quit coming to my house at 2058 Tipton hill rd witch is off rock creek rd witch is off Wentworth springs in Georgetown Ca.Sense it all started on 5/19/12 at 1:30pm with the EDSO coming to my house with there 8 member swat team till this day they are calling it an investigation and they sent me a paper with a number on it that’s government code that says as long as it’s an investigation they don’t have to tell me anything . I got an attorney to get the sheriffs office to give me a non -refractive version of the swat report and that means they block out people’s names I’m floored “there’s names”??the Sheriffs office has sent deputy’s to my house 29 times sense then and A lot of times they park out on Wentworth springs rd and come in on foot 3000′ exactly wearing black jump suits black combat boots and black beanys
        And sneak up on me as late as 10:00pm to try and catch me violating the restraining order.they haven’t been able because Jeff Schmidt is a pathological lier and up till last Friday nite 5/13/2014 at 0015 they arrested me after saying my burn pile was to big and asking to see the permit witch I can’t find but I used it to call before I burned and it was on the kitchen counter it vanished they emptied my pockets in my front yard took my wallet
        My cell phone gave it to my poor. Girl friend of 5 year who this harassment has taken it’s toll gave here the phone when there booking me deputy Johnson who I’ve never met goes out to his car and gets my empty wallet
        Out of his trunk well when they emptied my pockets at the house I had a money clip with 8 $100 bills in it they took it out of my pocket and threw it on top of the car with my wallet it never been seen again and the reason there arresting me is because Jeff Schmidt is placing me under citizens arrest for my yard lite that’s been up for 6 months and never been a problem he said I’m beaming it toward his house it doesn’t even alumni ate my yard to the property line let alone another 300′ to Jeff Schmidt’s house and my court date is 6/24/2014 Department 7 at 1:00pm and I’m willing to buy anyone who shows up lunch on me if it’s on the calendar.

      • David k Reed says:

        Ty call me as soon as possible I want to bring you up to time on what’s been happening to me and you sense. We last spoke I’m so glad to here from you
        and know your all right I was really puzzled about your not getting ahold of me a your cousins in Calvaris co. If I would of had a name or an address I would have went there and checked it out . I thought maybe I was being give the old slip like friend’s I had for 40yr had done .well once again I apologize I had no facts to back it up. I didn’t give up something told me to keep trying to make contact and yesterday paid off I’m glad your still my friend and
        I want to come see you and get your opinion on my new tactics to bring these criminals to justice for what they have done to people like you and I
        Phone me (530)333-7627

      • My phone is messed up I have limited use. When I can use a phone with unlimited minutes I’ll call you. I am very bust with legal papers and the Carson City fuckers are still messing with me trying to re-file charges and jail me again. This is not going to end well for them. Lets just say, the endgame is set in place. I am fighting my case legally, but they are not and it appears they want a confrontation at any time. I will defend myself using every imaginable thing I can think of. stand by 3, 2, 1, ______

      • Stay tuned, my phone is on minutes and I will try and come over and see you in person soon. I’ll call and let you know when. I have some ideas to end this thing once and for all since the law does not work.

      • David k Reed says:

        Ty I am so sorry with the way my whole family has astranged me and all
        My friends just about have turned there backs on me and my cell phone issues that I have overwhelming evidence screen shots backed up on a exterior hard drive that proves it and what they did to my devices is wild. Just recently google sent me an E-mail with 14 places they say I’ve been hyjacked from i taped on the first one oldest to newest and the one at the top says Sacramento it takes me to a map street level then ground level where one of the 14 places is and it’s the oldest It’s the city counsel biulding in Sacramento where the mayor Kevin Johnnsons offici is.Buddy I sent you some nasty E-mails And text and called your number a thousand times buddy something told me something wasn’t wright .i even tried your old number last
        Nite and it said the customer is not
        Available try your call sgain .i haven’t herd that I’m a long time.WELCOM BACK TY ROBBINS corruption fighting machine .Remember I have two houses me casa you casa.im still fighting the same evil force as you have been all this time .

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