Carson City DA Jason Woodbury’s Dad, Former Elko DA Gary Woodbury takes plea deal, receives deferred sentence

Gary Woodbury

Elko attorney Gary Woodbury listens during his plea hearing Tuesday in Elko Justice Court.

 

Gary Woodbury entered a no contest plea Tuesday to a charge of breach of peace instead of fighting the accusations at trial, which was originally scheduled to take place that afternoon.

The attorney general’s office, which filed the charge against Woodbury in August of last year, agreed to dismiss the case so long as Woodbury has no new charges that result in convictions, other than minor traffic violations, through mid-October.

Michael Bongard, deputy attorney general, said after the hearing that the agreement will require Woodbury to behave for a short time in order for the criminal charge to be thrown out.

“It’s basically a deferred sentence,” Bongard said. “… At this point, I would rather have him on the hook and put the onus on Mr. Woodbury rather than us having the case sit and get stale for nine months.”

Bongard said he spoke with the sheriff’s office to ensure that law enforcement signed off on the plea deal.

Sherburne Macfarlan III, defense counsel for Woodbury, told the Elko Daily Free Press that both sides had been working on a plea deal for a while.

“The bottom line is he entered no contest as a means of resolving this matter,” Macfarlan said. “I’m sure all sides are happy to have this resolved without going to trial,”

Senior Judge Barbara Nethery scheduled a status hearing for Nov. 3. If the state drops the charges, the hearing will be removed from the calendar.

“If the court does not receive the paperwork (that requests a dismissal), we will expect all parties to be present,” she said.

Woodbury served as Elko County District Attorney for 16 years before retiring from that post to work as a private practice attorney. He has continued to work for the county on a 15-year-old lawsuit regarding a road right-of-way in Jarbidge.

District Attorney Mark Torvinen, who worked with Woodbury as a deputy DA, forwarded the case to the attorney general’s office to avoid potential conflicts or the perception of conflicts. fuckthepolice

During the 2013 Elko County Fair, Woodbury pushed a reserve deputy who was working at the event and cursed him with obscene language, telling hin to “Fuck off” according to court records.

Fair ground staff had asked officers to keep bleacher walkways clear. After two reserve deputies asked a group of people to move out of the way, Woodbury swore at the officer and refused to move, according to documents.

gary woodburyWoodbury then pushed Joshua Gallegos, one of the reserves, from behind, it states. When the officer asked Woodbury to leave, the former DA reportedly used more obscene language.

A sheriff’s detective later asked Woodbury if he had pushed Gallegos, to which Woodbury admitted that he had, court documents state.

Woodbury was never arrested in connection to the incident.

A person who commits battery on a person who “possesses some or all of the powers of a peace officer” can be charged with a gross misdemeanor under Nevada law.

Carson City DA Jason Woodbury’s Dad Gary Woodbury, A former DA, due in court next week on charge of saying “FUCK YOU” to an Elko cop!!!

FUCK THE POLICE – GO GARY GO!

Freedom-of-Speech!!!

Former Elko DA Gary Woodbury went to the concession stand, and the reserve deputies followed him and asked him to leave the fairgrounds. He reportedly said, “F— you, arrest me,” according to the criminal complaint.
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Former Elko District Attorney will be in court again next week but in a different role than what he is used to. Instead of prosecuting a scofflaw Woodbury will be defending— himself against a 2013 misdemeanor charge of battery on a police officer.

The confrontation between the young 20-something reserve deputy Joshua Gallegos and the 70-something Woodbury occurred during the 2013 Elko County Fair.

According to reports Woodbury got into a shoving match with Gallegos who was working as a volunteer security officer at the fair.

Fair staff members asked the volunteer officers to keep people from congregating on the walkway on the grandstands so that people sitting could watch the events. Gallegos and another reserve deputy were asking people to move out of the way when Woodbury, started swearing at the two volunteers and refused to move. The sheriff’s office provides security for the fair each year, Under sheriff Clair Morris said. Sworn deputies and reserve officers work the event together.

According to an affidavit filled by Gallegos, Woodbury  walked toward Gallegos, and pushed him from behind, causing Gallegos to step forward and down one step at the edge of the platform. Woodbury then reportedly told Gallegos he couldn’t be standing there.

Woodbury went to the concession stand, and the reserve deputies followed him and asked him to leave the fairgrounds. He reportedly said, “F— you, arrest me,” according to the criminal complaint.

A sheriff’s office detective spoke with Woodbury and asked him if he had pushed Gallegos, to which Woodbury reportedly responded, “God damn right I did.”

The sheriff’s office sent reports of the incident to the district attorney’s office last year, Morris said. The DA forward the complaint to the attorney general’s office because of a possible conflict of interest, Morris said.

Almost a year later, Woodbury was issued a summons of complaint for battery.

Morris said he was not sure why it took so long for the summons to be issued.

Woodbury served as district attorney for 16 years winning four elections by landslides.

He endeared himself to voters with a tough no nonsense approach to crime and readiness to call a spade a spade sometimes accompanied by profanity,

He now works as a private practice lawyer, has been appointed counsel for numerous defendants, and continues to do work for the county in a Jarbidge road lawsuit.

He was charged with battery, a misdemeanor. Under Nevada law, a person can be charged with a gross misdemeanor if they commit battery on a person who “possesses some or all of the powers of a peace officer.”

Prosecuting attorney is assistant Nevada Attorney general for Ely Michael Bongard.

 

ELKO — Trial is set for former district attorney Gary Woodbury, who is accused of pushing a reserve sheriff deputy in the back at the 2013 Elko County Fair.An arraignment hearing was scheduled Wednesday, but Woodbury — who hired local law firm Lockie & Macfarlan to represent him — filed an appearance waiver and the simple battery case will continue to trial. It is scheduled for Jan. 13, according to justice court.Woodbury served as district attorney for 16 years. He works as a private practice lawyer, has been appointed counsel for numerous defendants, and continues to do work for the county in a Jarbidge road lawsuit.fuckthepoliceHe was charged with battery, a misdemeanor.Under Nevada law, a person can be charged with a gross misdemeanor if they commit battery on a person who “possesses some or all of the powers of a peace officer.”Because the case is pending, prosecuting attorney Michael Bongard declined to comment on the attorney general office’s decision to charge Woodbury with the lesser crime.

The charges stem from an alleged confrontation at the Elko County Fairgrounds, after a reserve officer, at the request of fair staff, asked attendees milling in a walkway to disperse, according to a charging document. Woodbury allegedly refused to listen, swore at the deputy, and later pushed him from behind.

 

Justice court schedules Woodbury trial for January

ELKO — Trial is set for former district attorney Gary Woodbury, who is accused of pushing a reserve sheriff deputy in the back at the 2013 Elko County Fair.

An arraignment hearing was scheduled Wednesday, but Woodbury — who hired local law firm Lockie & Macfarlan to represent him — filed an appearance waiver and the simple battery case will continue to trial. It is scheduled for Jan. 13, according to justice court.

Woodbury served as district attorney for 16 years. He works as a private practice lawyer, has been appointed counsel for numerous defendants, and continues to do work for the county in a Jarbidge road lawsuit.

He was charged with battery, a misdemeanor.

Under Nevada law, a person can be charged with a gross misdemeanor if they commit battery on a person who “possesses some or all of the powers of a peace officer.”

Because the case is pending, prosecuting attorney Michael Bongard declined to comment on the attorney general office’s decision to charge Woodbury with the lesser crime.

The charges stem from an alleged confrontation at the Elko County Fairgrounds, after a reserve officer, at the request of fair staff, asked attendees milling in a walkway to disperse, according to a charging document.

Woodbury allegedly refused to listen, swore at the deputy, and later pushed him from behind.

NV Appeal: Woodbury believes his team can strengthen Carson City District Attorney’s office

Incoming District Attorney Jason Woodbury says there are a lot of things the office has been doing right but that he believes there are improvements to be made.

He said the two key assistants he is hiring will help him do just that.

Kristin Luis, who will handle the criminal side of the effort, served in the office more than 10 years before she was appointed juvenile master four years ago. Adriana Fralick, Woodbury’s chief civil appointee, has a history just as long in positions with the Attorney General’s office and her current job as secretary of the Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board. In the past, she also served the ethics commission and as Gov. Jim Gibbons’ legal counsel.

“I could not have picked two better people,” Woodbury said. “Their qualifications and how they relate to people, they get the most out of their people and they do it in the right way.”

Woodbury said much more will be firmed up once he takes office but that he and his two lieutenants are already looking closely at the operation.

“The objective is to improve the quality of work that comes out of the DA’s office,” Woodbury said. “I’m going to say that’s not necessarily easy because they’re doing good quality work now.”

One area he said that isn’t going away is the witness and victim services unit that was greatly enhanced under outgoing DA Neil Rombardo.

“We’re going to work to improve the operation of what’s there,” Woodbury said.

But he said there’s room to do better, improving relations with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and with the district court and justice court judges.

On the civil side, Woodbury said things have been “managed very well.” He said retiring chief civil deputy Randy Munn “by all accounts he’s done a really good job for the city so I wouldn’t be looking to make drastic changes.”

Those statements contrast with his comments before the election in which he pointed to a lack of professionalism in the office, especially “bickering” between the DA’s staff and the public defender’s office.

On the civil side, Woodbury said there are major issues the city needs to confront and fix, the biggest of which is Clear Creek Road. That two-lane road runs parallel to Highway 50 up Spooner Summit, splitting the Carson City-Douglas County line. It has traditionally been a very rural area but increasing urban development has raised a number of questions that must be resolved, he said.

“I’m looking at the DA’s office to take the lead role in Clear Creek,” Woodbury said. “Something’s got to be done. The situation up there is deteriorating day-by-day.”

Overall, he said staffing is adequate for the office but that an investigator’s position now vacant nearly a year must be filled.

Woodbury said a key issue for him will fall to Fralick — ethics and the open meeting law.

“We want to make that a priority in the office, one of the most important functions we perform,” Woodbury said.

He said in an earlier interview that he had no real desire to be in politics but that, “it struck me Carson City could be better served.”

source: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/14344520-113/woodbury-office-carson-attorney

Carson City District Attorney-Elect Jason Woodbury on Wednesday announced he will appoint Kristin Luis to be Assistant District Attorney.

kristin lewis carson city assistant DA

Kristin Lewis Carson City assistant DA

CARSON CITY — Carson City District Attorney-Elect Jason Woodbury on Wednesday announced he will appoint Kristin Luis to be Assistant District Attorney.

“Kristin embodies every principle I want the D.A.’s office to reflect,” said Woodbury. “She’s honest. Her judgment is sensible and consistent. And she’s the hardest working person I’ve ever known.”

Luis presently serves as the Juvenile Court Special Master and Discovery Commissioner for the First Judicial District Court, a position to which she was appointed in 2010. She’s a graduate of the University of Nevada and Gonzaga University, School of Law.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment of the last four years, largely due to the dedication of the people I work with,” said Luis. “It’s difficult to leave, but I’m proud of our achievements and know that I am leaving the Juvenile Court in the best hands possible. I appreciate the exciting opportunity to serve our community as Assistant District Attorney,” said Luis.

Luis was a deputy district attorney with the Carson City District Attorney’s Office from 2000 to 2010. Prior to that, she worked with Scott Freeman, now a District Judge, and David Houston, a prominent criminal defense attorney in Reno.

Woodbury added, “I worked with Kristin from 2000 to 2003, and everybody knew then she was someone very special. There’s no one I’d rather have helping to lead the District Attorney’s office.”

Luis will begin her new assignment in January.

Washoe DA-elect Chris Hicks announces leadership staff

Washoe DA Dirty Dick Gammick and his replacement Chris Hicks.

Washoe County’s incoming District Attorney announced his new leadership team Wednesday.

Chris Hicks, who ran unopposed for district attorney this election, announced longtime prosecutor Bruce Hahn as his choice for assistant district attorney, replacing John Helzer.

Helzer served as assistant DA to Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick since 1995, when Gammick first took office.

“I worked alongside Bruce for years and I know his professionalism, his commitment to criminal justice and his experience in the trenches,” Hicks said.

Hahn and Hicks will be sworn in on Jan. 5.

Hahn said Gammick was more than proficient in his role as district attorney, but he did say the county could notice a difference in one way.

“I anticipate the county seeing a new level of energy and zeal,” said Hahn, who started as a prosecutor in Washoe County in 1994. “When I think of Chris, he’s a young man, a lot of energy and a lot of ideas. I’m happy to help him implement that in any way I can.”

Paul Lipparelli will be retained as assistant district attorney of the civil division, a position he’s held for six years.

“Dick Gammick put together a great team of professionals and staff,” Hicks said in an emailed statement Wednesday. “I am fortunate to inherit such a great office and I look forward to building on that foundation.”

The DA’s office has 167 employees and 60 attorneys.

CC Politics: Yesterday in the Nevada Appeal, a candidate for District Attorney Mark Krueger, made his case” (pun no doubt intended) to become Carson City’s next District Attorney. Krueger urges us not to be confused by “attorney rhetoric” and provides three paragraphs supporting his campaign.

PRIDE GOETH BEFORE THE FALL

Yesterday in the Nevada Appeal, a candidate for District Attorney Mark Krueger, made his case” (pun no doubt intended) to become Carson City’s next District Attorney. Krueger urges us not to be confused by “attorney rhetoric” and provides three paragraphs supporting his campaign.

In the first, Krueger attempts to diminish the importance of the “sheriff’s Supervisor Association” by claiming the group is not representative of the majority of city law enforcement and does not include the Sheriff or the Deputies Association. Still…

It is the next paragraph that makes Krueger’s case, or rather, makes the case against him. In this paragraph he speaks to appealing the Volosin case to State Appeals Court because otherwise “the bar for detail will be too high.” A review of what little public record there is on the case and the statements from supporters and detractors reveals more than just Krueger’s need to ensure the bar is not raised too high. It indicates that Krueger was told what needed to be done to make a case ready for trial and instead decided to dig in and defend his decision. Judge Wilson likely didn’t ask Kruger to take the case back and fix the specific issues so that he could go play golf. He did it to help the City better make its case. And it is this demonstrable hubris and lack of sound judgment that gives us pause.

In the last paragraph, Krueger talks of conflict amongst the current and former DA, alluding to the endorsements both have provided.  And again asks that we not be distracted.

So…in the last best opportunity before election day, Krueger spends it defending his perhaps unwise decision to not follow guidance from a sitting judge and again belittles the opinions of his detractors, before stating, “I am the right candidate to fight for justice.” There’s that hubris and poor judgment again.

CC POLITICS: Amazingly enough, the Nevada Appeal interview of the candidates for Carson City District Attorney revealed…nothing we didn’t already know. Although both candidates spoke to the high turnover of personnel in the DA’s office, Mark Kruger spoke to personnel seeking “better” jobs elsewhere for reasons of higher pay and broader opportunities, while Jason Woodbury focused on a poor work environment and leadership issues.

LAWYERING UP

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Amazingly enough, the Nevada Appeal interview of the candidates for Carson City District Attorney revealed…nothing we didn’t already know. Although both candidates spoke to the high turnover of personnel in the DA’s office, Mark Kruger spoke to personnel seeking “better” jobs elsewhere for reasons of higher pay and broader opportunities, while Jason Woodbury focused on a poor work environment and leadership issues.

Almost comical was Kruger stating that Woodbury seemed to be running against Neil Rombardo instead of him. Perhaps hoping that none of us will remember that it was Rombardo’s letter to the Appeal defending Kruger that gives the appearance of Kruger not running his own race. To his credit, most of the personnel issues occurred prior to Kruger’s tenure; however, Kruger’s website is bereft of substance that he can call his own.

On the subject of poor relations between the DA’s office and Public Defender’s office, both spoke to the importance of improvement. Under Rombardo, Kruger may well have been unable to change much and he’s spoken little to the issue. In contrast, Woodbury believes this is a problem which needs addressing and intends to do so.

While Kruger talked of improved cohesiveness within the DA’s office due to training efforts and a team approach to legal work, Woodbury still sees room for improvement. Woodbury also mentioned the need to provide sound legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, something that has obviously been lacking in recent contracts.

Being relatively evenly matched for legal experience though from different sides of the aisle, both have the skills to do the job. Having said that, Kruger seemed focused on finding fault with Woodbury while Woodbury spoke to the issues of the DA’s office though still noting improvements under Rombardo’s leadership.

In the conclusion, the Appeal objectively offered no differences or choice between the candidates. While one (Kruger) represents the perspective of a longtime government prosecutor, the other (Woodbury) comes from private practice in hopes of bringing positive change to Carson City. Even if motivation was the only factor, a candidate that wants change versus one that focuses on personalities makes this an easy choice.

4 THOUGHTS ON “LAWYERING UP”

WALTER OCTOBER 15, 2014 AT 8:42 PM
Although much of the turnover in the DA’s office took place before Krueger came, many employees have left since Krueger has been on board. I would challenge anyone to show me an instance where a young attorney just starting out can go to the AGs office and make more money in that office, as opposed to working for a county or city. Anyone in public service, and especially for the state, knows working for a county or city usually brings better pay and benefits. I think Krueger botched that explanation.

Krueger and Rombardo seem to be a package deal. To me, it seems as if Rombardo should have ran for re-election if he was so concerned about who his successor was going to be. Maybe Rombardo now realizes getting a job in this competitive job market isn’t so easy and is hopeful Krueger will win it all else fails. His constant campaigning for Krueger makes you wonder.

If Krueger really was about change and making his own way, he would encourage Rombardo to refrain from the negative campaigning and name calling on his behalf. Personally, the mudslinging turns me off. I’d like to know who Krueger and Rombardo get along with in their profession on a daily basis. From reading the local papers as the campaign season has progressed, the DA’s office has trouble getting along with other entities, and Woodbury’s endorsements support this view. The carson city Sheriff’s supervisory association has endorsed Woodbury, along with many of the private attorneys and defense attorneys in the area. Rombardo and Krueger seem to have adverse relationships with most except themselves. I don’t see how they are able to get anything done if they can’t work together with others. Maybe such is the reason for the high turnover rate in the office? Again, makes you wonder.

Krueger has done little to separate himself from Rombardo, which leads me to believe Rombardo is controlling Krueger’s campaign to some extent.

Woodbury has listed his endorsement on his webpage. Many of us are still waiting to hear who has endorsed Krueger. Maybe instead of being so negative in his campaign pitch, Krueger should tell us who his endorsements are and how he will do things differently than what he’s done over the last 2 years.
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YAHOO OCTOBER 15, 2014 AT 8:59 PM
Before Neil Rombardo became DA, Noel Waters was DA in Carson City for 21 years. He hired both Neil Rombardo and Jason Woodbury to be deputy DA’s under his watch. I read a letter in the opinion section of carsonnow.org that Mr. Waters wrote in support of Jason Woodbury for DA. He had some shocking information regarding both Rombardo and Krueger. I would encourage anyone on the fence about who to vote for in this election to read what Mr. Waters wrote.

Krueger isn’t the great attorney he claims to be, and Mr. Waters uses court cases and hard facts to confirm this.

In contrast, Rombardo, on the same blog, wrote a letter in favor of a Krueger where he really showed his true colors. He had no supporting documents or facts to support his claims. It seems as if neither Rombardo or a Krueger has any respect for anyone but themselves. They have attacked any and everyone they could, including Carson Tahoe hospital, the Public Defender’s Office, and other Woodbury endorsers, to make Woodbury look bad. Maybe these guys don’t get it. If they attack everyone out there, it doesn’t leave very many votes left for Krueger.
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CC POLITICS OCTOBER 15, 2014 AT 9:54 PM
The letters in the above comment can be found here:

http://carsonnow.org/reader-content/10/15/2014/letter-former-carson-city-da-supports-woodbury

http://carsonnow.org/reader-content/10/10/2014/letter-victims-should-be-priority-when-selecting-district-attorney
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THOMAS W. OCTOBER 16, 2014 AT 4:33 AM
After reading Rombardo’s letter supporting Krueger for DA, it seemed like it was more emotion driven than anything else. I guess I expected a better piece of writing from a sitting DA, and especially Rombardo since he comes across as overly confident in himself and his abilities. The letter seemed hurried, and not proof-read due to the grammatical and punctuation errors I observed throughout the piece. Maybe Rombardo should have taken more time to write a more clear and concise support letter, especially since his main goal seemed to be putting the letter out there for public consumption.

Many might say the letter was rushed, thus the reason for the rant-filled content. I beg to differ. Anyone following the David Stone trial (the trial Krueger just prosectuted and got a conviction for last Friday evening minutes before Rombardo posted his letter) knows the verdict came back and was given roughly between 6:30-7:00 PM on Friday October,10. Rombardo’s letter was posted to Carsonnow.org on the same date at 7:19 PM, some 30-45 minutes AFTER the verdict was given. That leads me to believe the letter was already prepared and ready to go, even befotr the verdict was given. So, a premeditated support letter for Krueger from his current boss, and that is the best penmanship Rombardo could display. Wow. Just wow.

Election 2014: Krueger, Woodbury square off in Carson City District Attorney race

A key issue in the battle to become Carson City’s next district attorney is a high staff turnover rate in the office.

“Over the past few years, I’ve just been kind of watching what’s happening in the DA’s office and it struck me Carson City could be better served,” Jason Woodbury said in an interview this week.

He said since 2007 the 21-person office has had 39 people leave.

“Some turnover is inevitable but this alarming rate means something is wrong,” Woodbury said. “The truth is Carson City has lost a lot of good people because the District Attorney’s office has not been a healthy place to work in recent years.”

He pointed to what he termed “bickering” between the DA’s staff and the state Public Defender’s office saying that would come to an end if he’s elected.

Assistant DA Mark Krueger, who is seeking the post being vacated by Neil Rombardo, said Woodbury is completely misreading the reason for the turnover in the DA’s office.

He said 10 of the 39 people left when the office closed down the child support unit. He said two lawyers went on to become judges including Justice of the Peace Tom Armstrong and one — Gerald Gardner — to become chief of staff to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Several others went to Washoe and Douglas counties or the Attorney General’s office for higher pay and broader opportunities. A half dozen more moved out of the area, he said.

“Most of them left for better and different opportunities,” Krueger said, adding nearly all of that happened before he was hired two years ago.

Krueger said Woodbury seems to be running against Rombardo, not him.

Asked about that, Woodbury said Krueger has been assistant DA for a couple of years now, “long enough to give you an idea what an office under his leadership would look like.”

“Neil’s the DA but I think Krueger owns as much of the issues at this point,” he said.

In good part, the friction between the State Public Defender’s Office and the DA’s office is the fact Rombardo recommended essentially firing the state PDs and having the county set up its own public defenders staff.

Woodbury said Rombardo shouldn’t be offering an opinion about that.

“I think it’s completely inappropriate for the DA to take a position on how defense services are provided to indigent people in Carson City,” he said. “He’ll get asked a legal question in a meeting and he’ll start giving policy advice.”

Rombardo said he brought the issue to the Board of Supervisors because his office, like the rest of Carson City’s departments, was being asked to cut the budget 10 percent, and “I looked at the Public Defender and they were asking for a budget increase.”

Rombardo said a consultant confirmed his belief Carson City was paying a disproportionate share of the state PD’s budget and could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by getting rid of the state PD. The state PD office is funded by the counties that use the service.

The Board of Supervisors rejected the idea but it didn’t make for good relations between Rombardo’s staff and the Public Defender’s staff. Those relations are bad enough members of the PD staff have volunteered in Woodbury’s campaign, even manning his booth at events.

Both men have about the same amount of legal experience although Woodbury’s is mostly in the private sector and Krueger’s as a public lawyer.

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Krueger has practiced law 15 years beginning as law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Bill Maupin, then as clerk for District Judges Mike Fondi and Bill Maddox. He was in the Attorney General’s office from 2001-2008 mostly handling civil litigation, then assistant DA in Lyon County for six years before coming to Carson as assistant two years ago.

He said he has extensive criminal experience — 40 jury trials including some of Carson City’s biggest in the past two years — a half dozen years of civil experience at the AG’s office and, through Lyon County, experience in handling the budget of a DA’s office.

“When I went into being the Assistant DA in Lyon County, I saw what you can do for the community to help protect it,” he said. “What it means to get justice. It means something to victims, means something to witnesses. At the end of the day when we get a resolution for them, they feel comforted.”

He said the DA has to be willing to prosecute cases and not let them slide through the cracks. He said David Stone, convicted last week of raping a 12-year-old boy, was first brought to the DA’s attention in 2006 before Rombardo was in the office when a mother complained her son was a victim.

“Had this office in 2006 just filed charges on the first victim that came forward and reported it, we wouldn’t have had four other known victims,” he said.

Krueger said he’s proud of the office’s victims and witness services program, which he said he has helped expand since arriving in Carson City.

“What I feel I’ve been able to accomplish in the last two years is bringing the whole office together as a team and really making it so that we try cases as a team, make decisions about prosecutions and how to help people as a team,” he said.

He said the office has “become a really happy place to work — people are excited about their jobs.”

Krueger said part of that is the training he has implemented — including having a team prosecute cases.

Krueger said he also has worked with sheriff’s investigators particularly to improve their interview skills.

He said he wants to further develop the business protection program to help the community stop embezzlement and other such crimes from happening in the first place.

Krueger said there will be changes if he’s elected: “I think the structure is good for the most part. But as the economy changes, your needs for your clients change. The needs of the supervisors, the city manager, department heads. You have to be flexible in the needs for your clients.”

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Woodbury has practiced 16 years, beginning with the Carson DA’s office from 1999-2003. Since then, he has been primarily in business litigation.

He said he sees things in the office, “that need to be improved.”

“I want to talk to the folks there and find out what is in that office that’s making good people leave,” he said.

As for the office’s civil duties, he said: “When the supervisors ask a legal question or need legal guidance they should get it.

“We need to do a better job of giving the Board of Supervisors legal guidance and leave the policy decisions to them.”

He said he think’s its important the DA be someone with private practice experience.

“I think the judgment you get from representing big business, small business and individuals out in private practice is incredibly valuable in making the decisions you have to make as district attorney.”

He said despite his relatively brief tenure with the DA’s office, he has experience handling criminal cases including child sex cases and a murder case as well as cases before the Nevada Supreme Court.

“I don’t have any burning desire to be in politics,” Woodbury said. “If the DA’s office was running smoothly and things were going along well and I thought they were serving the community well, I wouldn’t run. But that’s not the case.”

He said everyone needs to follow a professional code: “When they’re just bickering because they don’t like the person on the other side or don’t respect the person on the other side, we’re just wasting effort on things that don’t have any place in a professional office.”

“In conjunction with retaining good people in the office, I think you’re going to see significant improvement in the work quality within the office,” Woodbury said.

He said the current office “has got good people.”

He also said Neil was “a good change” following a long tenure as DA by Noel Waters. But he said he thinks electing him would be another good change.

“I think he has done a number of admirable things with the office,” Woodbury said citing the victims and witness services program. “I think the office needs improvement but I will say I’m not going to change things just for the sake of changing them because there are good things that have happened.”

Early voting begins Saturday. The district attorney’s office is a nonpartisan office. The winner will serve a 4-year term.

source: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/13396108-113/office-woodbury-krueger-carson

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Without Board of Supervisors knowledge, Carson City DA pays Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger to defend against lawsuits filed by Ty Robben
The Carson City DA who also over sees the city’s civil legal matters hired Reno based Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger see thorndal.com without the approval of the Carson City board of supervisors.

In the past, an agenda item was placed on the BOS agenda and voted on. See minutes from 2001 where money was approved by the BOS for Thorndal here: http://www.carson.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2719

FBI protest carson city courts

law-firm-thorndal-armstrong-delk-balkenbush-eisinger-a-professional-corporation-photo-1068674Carson City Taxpayers are now on the hook for possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees as the fat lawyers at Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger suck off the pubic tit for more money.

Carson City District Attorney Neil Rombardo and Assistant DA Mark Krueger have circumvented the rules and laws to hire Reno law firm Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger to defend against civil lawsuits filed by Ty Robben. corruption

Normally, the DA who also handles civil matters for Carson City as well as criminal matters, would have to get approval from the Carson City Board of Supervisors. In this case, the DA office completely bypassed the approval and expenditure of public money.

The Carson City Board of Supervisors includes: Mayor Robert Crowell, Ward 1 Karen Abowd, Ward 2 Brad Bonkowski, Ward 3 John McKenna, Ward 4 Jim Shirk

See the related story:

On Your Side: City of Reno spends thousands on legal fees without council approval

Mark Krueger seems to be removing and disabling dissenting opinions on his You Tube and blogs… Krueger will not answer how much money was wasted on retaliatory legal action against Ty Robben and the Carson City Board of Supervisors (“BOS”) open meetings violations and how much  the Carson City taxpayers are paying the Reno law firm Thorndal, Armstrong, Delk, Balkenbush & Eisinger (“Thorndal”) which is estimated it the $10’s to $100’s of thousands of dollars. No BOS approval or oversight. The Carson City DA handles both criminal and civil matters for Carson City as Mark Krueger explains in the video. Here, the DA under Neil Rombardo and Mark Krueger’s watch, the have circumvented the BOS and are paying an outside law firm Thorndal potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars. This seems to also be a violation of the Nevada “Open Meetings Law” that Krueger’s competitor Jason Woodbury keeps saying is so important, along with transparency in the DA office.

On the transparency note, the Carson City DA office has refused to provide insight into their budget to allow for transparency! This seems to violate the Nevada “public records act”…

So there you go, one big epicenter of corruption in the Carson City DA office.

Mark Krueger appears on David Houston’s television show: Lawyers, Guns & Money

…Mark Krueger turned off the You Tube comments

Here are some comments from the new website called Carson City Politics

mark kruegerSEPTEMBER 30, 2014
A CASE FOR A LAWYER
by CC POLITICS
“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.” –Charles Dickens

Last night, the League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada hosted another “debate” forum, this time for the candidates for Carson City District Attorney. Mark Kruger, currently a Deputy District Attorney, and Jason Woodbury, coming out of private practice to run for the first time for public office. Attendance was light and with only two candidates on deck, the session was over rather quickly. The League, once again, demonstrated that it knows how to get things done and this forum was no exception. Continue reading

100 Year Old Robbery Victim Dies Before Sentencing in Carson City crime

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James Sorrentino

It was a crime that had people in northern Nevada shaking their heads.

See video here: http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/100-Year-Old-Robbery-Victim-Dies-Before-Sentencing-But-Will-Be-Heard-277677831.html

On the Memorial Day weekend, two men broke into the Carson City home of a 100 year old World War II veteran.

“I was awakened by two burglars who broke into my home,” James Sorrentino told KOLO 8 News Now the next day. “They wanted to know where the safe was.”

In fact, Sorrentino had no safe and very little cash, but the two men ransacked the home while he and his caretaker were held at gunpoint.

“He was a war survivor,” says v. ” He was not afraid during the incident. He was concerned for his caretaker. A true gentleman.”

The two men left with just $30 dollars from his wallet, a pocket watch and some Masonic rings.

Jordan Burkhart and Robert Hernandez were later arrested and charged with the crime.

Their case has moved swiftly through Carson City court, but not quick enough for the victim. James Sorrentino died Friday, one month shy of his 101st birthday and his chance to face Burkhart and Hernandez in court.

Still, on October 28th, when they are sentenced, he will be heard.

Before dying he learned the two men had pleaded guilty and he wrote a one page victim’s impact statement.

“I’m going to encourage the court that to have the statement read out loud,” says Krueger. “It’s succinct and it speaks directly from Mr. Sorrentino’s voice and the impact this crime had on him. They will be hearing his words.”

With an enhancement for a crime against the elderly, Burkhart and Hernandez are facing the possibility of 35 years behind bars.

Memorial services for Sorrentino, a major in the Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force, will be held October 10, 3 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Fernley.


Corrupt Carson City DA candidate Mark Krueger, if elected, to hire current embattled DA Neil Rombardo as Assistant DA?

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I will be broke, no more bribes, so I need Mark to hire me as his assistant to keep the scheme going an to make sure my corruption is not found out by Jason Woodbury who may turn around and charge me under the RICO act. I’ll miss havign sex with my employees too… Now everyone know thanks to the interenets and google. Shit people google my name and see I had anal sex with a former deputy DA and then my wife divorced me. God damn. Now the blogs and all that shit. Fuck.

Many attorneys in the area believe that Krueger will turn around and give Rombardo a job if he is elected.

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Neil is my BFF, I love him and I want to make sure he has a job to support his meth addiction. You know we get access to the “evidence vault” and poor Neil will be dope sick and unemployed.

Original Story with comments here: http://www.carsoncitypolitics.com/district-attorney/dull-dirt/

What a desperate attempt by Mark Krueger and Neil Rombardo to try and win votes in the upcoming election for District Attorney. How about doing some real work over there. I don’t see how these two guys ever made it to their current positions. The Board of Supervisors should be ashamed of themselves for giving these two guys the time of the day. Jason Woodbury should stand up and call these guys out for all of their buffoonery. Neil Rombardo is the biggest joke of a DA I think Nevada has ever witnessed.

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WAYNE SMITH
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 AT 12:54 AM
These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

I think Rombardo and Krueger together have made a mockery of the DA’s office and justice being served here in Carson City. Did anyone catch the pathetic misuse of taxpayer dollars at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting? Two months before the election, Rombardo and Krueger roll out this DAWG program, which provides a therapy dog to victims of “crimes of secrecy” as Krueger stated. Krueger stated that the Carson City DAs Office is the first prosecutorial entity in Nevada to use such a dog. He must have not done his research. Washoe County Juvenile Detention has been using a therapy dog for quite some time so Krueger’s assertion is incorrect. I’d like to see the research he’s on therapy dogs since he says he done quite a bit. His message sure wasn’t too convincing. I don’t doubt that having a therapy dog to comfort victims of crime is a good thing. However, considering the timing and the two people pushing this program, I don’t see it as nothing more but free campaign time. Rombardo seems to want Krueger to win really bad, and Krueger seems like he will do or say anything to become DA. Many attorneys in the area believe that Krueger will turn around and give Rombardo a job if he is elected. I personally am beginning to wonder if such is true. If this is the direction that justice is headed in our community, shame on the supervisors for supporting such silly and ales serving programs.

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THOMAS WHITE
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 AT 2:10 AM
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I would really like some information about the District Attorney’s race. Since your website is providing information regarding the politics in Carson City, this may be the forum that lets individuals freely (while respectfully) voice their opinions and knowledge about those running for election. I don’t think the citizens really understand and are aware of the constant turnover at the DA’s office under the current administration. It would be good to know about the past dealings of each candidate. I hear that the current assistant DA, Mark Krueger, actually sued his own board of County Commissioners during his time as Assistant DA in Lyon County because they refused to give employees in the DAs office a pay raise, although wages had been frozen for every County employee, regardless of department. Krueger has also run for Justice of the Peace and District Court Judge in Carson City and lost. I am not sure of his motive to become DA, other than to be in a position of power. I just think that some of these issues need to be brought to light so that voters can make a well informed decision come election time.

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BOB GARY
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 AT 2:12 AM
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Does Krueger plan on keeping Rombardo on his staff if he were to become DA? Many people would like to know this. Maybe “author” can look into this. Rombardo probably doesnt have anything lined up so the voters should know if Krueger would look out for his current boss or not.

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YAHOO
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 AT 7:00 PM
My observations- Krueger is going to the media for every case outcome and sentence the DA’s office is involved with. It looks like a last ditch effort to get the people to vote for him. I don’t think Krueger should get any kudos because the outcomes of these cases are what they are. Doesn’t take much skill to convict someone who walks into a restaraunt and pulls out a gun in front of a group of customers.How about letting the public know who your endorsements are and how you will do things different than what Rombardo has, Krueger.

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SHERRY JONES
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 AT 8:06 PM
I couldn’t help but notice that the Nevada appeal reported the Olive Garden story and didn’t mention Krueger’s name. Almost seems as if Kruger didn’t like how the story was reported and so he reached out to carsonnow.org. I think it’s funny that his way of campaigning consists of just reposting every “free” media story to his campaign page.

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MICHAEL JOHNSON
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 AT 6:55 AM
I too would like to know what these candidates are doing out in the community. I have researched both candidates and I was able to see that Woodbury is out and about going door to door and attending many events so that the public can get a better understanding of him and the job he plans to do if elected our next DA. Woodbury just seems to put more effort into his campaign, and seems to have support from a variety of people.

Krueger, on the other hand, seems to not be doing much. As some in the community have stated, he seems to be using his current position to grab attention. Going to the board of supervisors and to the media to push his campaign seems to be his norm. I am just calling it like I see it. As a voter, I have no clue of what he is doing on the campaign trail. I was speaking with someone who knows Krueger and was told he likes to play the “gotcha” game. When I asked what that meant, I was told that Krueger is the type who will do stuff in secret so that if he doesnt get the outcome he is looking for, he can downplay his efforts.

I guess I’d like to know if he is going door to door. Did he attend the Democratic “meet the candidates” gig a fee a sundays ago? Who in the community supports him?

Anyone who follows the current happenings in the local courts are aware of the problems at the DAs office. Even the author of this site can verify that there are staffing probelms and high turnover there. If what I am posting seems like an attack on Krueger, it isn’t. I just want honest and truthful information from both candidates. I have seen too many times where candidates have given little effort when campaigning, and I dont think being elected DA is a job that should be obtained by giving minimal effort. So, I ask that both candidates just give the voters more infromation.

I hope Krueger reads this site because maybe he can respond to my concerns. I would hope he proceeds to let us all know what efforts he is engaging in because as it stands now, the media updates to his campaign and facebook page with the Neil Rombardo likes for things he is SUPPOSED to be doing in his current position just aren’t convincing enough.

DULL AS DIRT

The race for Carson City District Attorney has been duller than dirt. Neither candidate’s efforts can be described as anything more than…watching paint dry.

In the blue and white corner, candidate Mark Krueger, currently employed in our fair city and listed on the DA’s website as the Chief of the Criminal Division. Krueger’s election website states that he is the Assistant District Attorney with prior stints as ADA for Lyon County, Senior Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada, and Clerk under Judge William Maddox. Krueger obtained his law degree in 1998.  Krueger’s website reads like a year old copy of “Forbes” in your doctor’s waiting room and lacks anything of substance in the issues department.  These things you say you will do, you should already be doing.

Wearing shades of rust and gold, is Jason Woodbury who’s website simply states “I am running for Carson City District Attorney because I want the job.” Woodbury was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1998 and clerked under Judge Michael Griffen before coming to the Carson City DA’s Office in 1999, where he worked in both the Criminal and Civil Division. Woodbury went into private practice approximately 10 years ago, working in both civil litigation and criminal defense. Notably, Woodbury claims to want to run a “principled campaign” and thus far has avoided controversy.  His “issues” web page likewise lacks substance in what we could expect if Woodbury is elected though he sports a healthy set of endorsements from a wide range of supporters.

If you hadn’t seen the campaign signs, you’d hardly know there was a race. Last week’s dog show at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting was hardly a capstone to good policy in the DA’s office, but there have been no horrendous defeats either. There are no shortages of campaign issues in any race amongst Carson City politicians and the DA’s office is no exception. However, with so little time left before the election, it’s doubtful that we will see real differences in these candidates. Voter concerns abound but thus far have failed to produce substantive cause to vote either way.

Judicial candidate Joseph Scalia reprimanded by Nevada Bar

A candidate for the bench in Clark County Family Court Department B has been publicly reprimanded by the State Bar of Nevada for problems with his client trust account.

The reprimand was filed July 11 against attorney Joseph A. Scalia II, about a month after the primary elections, for 12 violations of professional conduct rules in two separate cases. It wasn’t the first time Scalia has faced disciplinary action from the bar. He also received a letter of reprimand in February and another one in June 2012 in different cases.

Both letters of reprimand were for violations of rules of professional conduct in connection with grievances filed against Scalia by former clients.

“I made a mistake, I owned up to it. and I fixed it,” Scalia said last week of the July reprimand. “I got my accountant to resolve all of these things. It was an accounting problem, not a legal problem.”

Scalia, 50, is running for the open nonpartisan Family Court seat against attorney Linda Marquis.

On or about Nov. 28, 2011, Bank of Nevada notified the State Bar that Scalia’s trust account had become overdrawn by $1,529 when a check for $2,601 was presented for payment, the public reprimand said. The State Bar investigated.

“The investigation revealed that, from approximately November 2011 through August 2012, you failed to properly maintain funds in your client trust account,” the reprimand reads. “Your initial response to the State Bar’s letter of investigation did not explain the issues for the overdraft and, further, the trust account issues were not resolved until well after the State Bar began its investigation.”

Scalia later told the State Bar that he was dealing with family issues and acknowledged that he had not properly supervised the management of his trust account, according to the reprimand. During the time period at issue, he said he had reduced the number of hours of his accounting staff from 30 hours per week to 12 hours per week, and because the settlement funds from his personal injury cases amounted to less than 5 percent of his business, his trust account did not receive the attention it deserved.

For that, Scalia violated rules of competence, safekeeping property, supervision, and bar admissions and disciplinary matters and misconduct, the reprimand said.

Scalia said that is when the economy was slow and he had to lay off staff.

But he added: “We really never did a lot of personal injury work to begin with.”

The reprimand also said that attorneys and staff assigned to a client repeatedly failed to communicate with the client and repeatedly asked the client to resubmit documents the client had previously provided Scalia’s office. Scalia’s office also failed to timely handle the out-of-state divorce decree in this client’s matter with the Eight Judicial District Court. The application was rejected twice as Scalia’s office failed to follow the appropriate filing procedures.

On May 7, 2012, the client asked for a refund, but it wasn’t until after the State Bar performed a status check in February 2013 that the client received a refund. In this case, Scalia violated rules of competence, diligence, and communication, among others.

The February letter of reprimand said that Scalia violated three rules of conduct after taking eight months to provide a client with a copy of his file.

The June 2012 letter of reprimand was about a grievance for an opposition to a motion that wasn’t filed until a day before the hearing on the motion. An attorney working for Scalia’s firm admitted that he failed to file the opposition to the motion, according to the letter.

In this case, Scalia violated rules of diligence, communication and supervision, among others.

Scalia on Tuesday said the issues in the two letters of reprimands were because of “mistakes of inexperienced attorneys.”

At the time, he said he was helping an attorney get his business back on track. He also was helping an attorney who had been disbarred, and he had hired an attorney who claimed he was experienced, but wasn’t. That resulted in things getting off track.

Scalia said he has since made changes and instituted more oversight.

Contact Yesenia Amaro at yamaro@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0440. Find her on Twitter: @YeseniaAmaro.

Mark Krueger loses debate for Carson City DA gig – Jason Woodbury leads race for next DA

A CASE FOR A LAWYER

“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.” –Charles Dickens

Last night, the League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada hosted another “debate” forum, this time for the candidates for Carson City District Attorney. Mark Kruger, currently a Deputy District Attorney, and Jason Woodbury, coming out of private practice to run for the first time for public office. Attendance was light and with only two candidates on deck, the session was over rather quickly. The League, once again, demonstrated that it knows how to get things done and this forum was no exception.

The DA Actions Starts here: http://youtu.be/-Xi9Zmdg5Mg?t=16m27s

Introductions began with Woodbury outlining his background which you’ve already seen here, and then proceeded to his top three issues: Retention of high quality personnel and the high personnel turnover rate at the DA’s office which he believes is indicative of larger issues; delayed prosecutions for which he would “claim ownership” and only grant delays when absolutely necessary; and lastly renew and strictly adhere to the Open Meeting Law.

Kruger also provided his background and outlined his recent trial history and attributes. His three issues were: Expand victim witness programs including the recently touted dog program; decried Woodbury’s backing by defense attorneys who he claimed were responsible for the delays in trials; and then never really got to a third point while rambling over topics like services and saving taxpayers money. If this event were scored, the majority of points would have to go to Woodbury. His delivery was forceful, his points clear, and he provided specific measures he would implement to fix issues both candidates identified.

Kruger’s delivery was less confident and concise, though his experience as a trial attorney was clearly evident. One felt as if the audience was a jury and he was making closing arguments on a weak case.

When it came to audience questions, the first focused on the significant delays in child cases requiring victims to tell their story repeatedly. The author pointed to the Washoe County advocate programs as a successful model. Kruger claimed extensive experience with child abuse cases and with child advocacy programs but stated it requires a community effort and he would “reach out to the community” for this type of support. Woodbury stated that “we need to be realistic on what to expect” and went on to explain that Carson City lacks the resources to create a specific center but did have multiple resources capable of addressing the issues faced by victims. He went on to state that the DA’s Office needed to recognize that repeatedly postponing trials re-victimizes the victims.

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

This round went to Woodbury though he didn’t claim experience in working these types of cases, he was a clear proponent of effectively using existing resources as opposed to Kruger’s ambiguous “reaching out to the community.”

mark kruegerOn the subject of marijuana laws, both candidates spoke to the ambiguity of the effectiveness of treatment programs as well as the probability of changes in the law. Woodbury argued that strict enforcement of existing law was the essential. Kruger spoke to driving under the influence and strict enforcement of criminal law through aggressive prosecution to keep the community safe. No clear winner on this topic; its uncharted water for Nevada and certainly for Carson City.

Responding to a question about the open meeting law and the ability for the City Manger to hold meeting outside of the law. Kruger went first and explained that the law was clear but then failed to explain it clearly. He stated he was a proponent of the law and recited his experience in applying it. Woodbury spoke specifically to establishing training efforts to ensure City personnel understand the meeting law and then explained the need for meetings to occur to provide essential information. This round goes to…no one. You’ll have to watch the video if you’re looking for a better answer.

Regarding the need for a State Court of Appeals, Woodbury sated he was personally opposed because existing procedures within the court system could provide the relief the Superior Court desires. Kruger waffled around in coming an answer but came down to “I don’t know.” Given that the victor of this race will have to appear before judges affected by the results of the ballot question, this is likely a fair outcome but Woodbury gets points for both knowing the issue and having the guts air his personal viewpoint.

On a question of the factors influencing a death penalty case, Kruger gave us a class on the balance of aggravating and mitigating factors being the sole legal question. In contrast, Woodbury came out specifically in favor of the death penalty but emphasized that capital trials are extremely expensive and Carson City is not prepared to expend this kind of money without good reason. Woodbury also emphasized the need to ensure the victim’s family understands that the punishment is rarely actually carried out; criminals are more likely to die of natural causes rather than at the hands of the State.

On the highly charged issue of the Carson Tahoe Hospital declining to provide rape kits and exams for rape victims, Woodbury responded that the hospital’s decision “alarmed” him. He went on to explain that he had followed up by contacting the nursing leadership at the hospital. What he says he found out was that the hospital felt there were not enough cases to keep a nurse on staff with the specialized skills required to perform the exams and that other viable alternatives existed. Kruger claims there are nurses in the area with the skills to conduct the exams but that for unknown reasons (most likely money), the hospital doesn’t want to do them. Sadly, Kruger believes Carson City does have a sufficient number of cases to warrant having the exams done locally but did not provide an solution or an answer to the question.

In closing, Kruger spoke again of his experience and that he would like the opportunity to expand the victim’s services program while revising the efficiency of the DA’s Office. Woodbury concluded by saying he has no other career aspirations outside of becoming DA and he feels he is doing the right thing by standing up for the community, one he sincerely believes in.

As we’ve come to expect during this race, there was little in the way of controversy or fireworks. Both candidates appeared sincere in their belief that they are the best man for the job. Reading between the lines, Kruger leaned heavily on the fact that he’s already in the DA’s Office and his experience there somehow makes him the heir apparent. In sometimes stark contrast, Woodbury emphasized repeatedly that the status quo wasn’t working; for victims, for justice, for staff, or the taxpayers. Notably, he made the effort to get answers from Carson Tahoe Hospital whereas his opponent simply stated he didn’t know the reasons for the hospital’s decisions. There was little doubt that Woodbury easily claimed the high ground during the forum and Kruger was out-done, sometimes simply due to his lack of effort. This race still isn’t as volatile as the two for Supervisor and though it really isn’t as “dull as dirt.” Maybe it should be. Yes, we’re looking for someone to fix the personnel and policy issues at the DA’s Office but more importantly, we’re looking for a champion of justice. Kruger has the experience but Woodbury has the fire. One believes that his years of service make him “next” and one is leaving (an assumed lucrative) private practice to “do the right thing.” Passion isn’t often appreciated in most courtrooms but in a candidate, it’s an admirable quality. Other things being essentially equal, Woodbury brought the most to the debate and brings the most to Carson City.

The race for Carson City District Attorney has been duller than dirt. Neither candidate’s efforts can be described as anything more than…watching paint dry.

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The race for Carson City District Attorney has been duller than dirt. Neither candidate’s efforts can be described as anything more than…watching paint dry.

In the blue and white corner, candidate Mark Krueger, currently employed in our fair city and listed on the DA’s website as the Chief of the Criminal Division. Krueger’s election website states that he is the Assistant District Attorney with prior stints as ADA for Lyon County, Senior Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada, and Clerk under Judge William Maddox. Krueger obtained his law degree in 1998.  Krueger’s website reads like a year old copy of “Forbes” in your doctor’s waiting room and lacks anything of substance in the issues department.  These things you say you will do, you should already be doing.

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Wearing shades of rust and gold, is Jason Woodbury who’s website simply states “I am running for Carson City District Attorney because I want the job.” Woodbury was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1998 and clerked under Judge Michael Griffen before coming to the Carson City DA’s Office in 1999, where he worked in both the Criminal and Civil Division. Woodbury went into private practice approximately 10 years ago, working in both civil litigation and criminal defense. Notably, Woodbury claims to want to run a “principled campaign” and thus far has avoided controversy.  His “issues” web page likewise lacks substance in what we could expect if Woodbury is elected though he sports a healthy set of endorsements from a wide range of supporters.

If you hadn’t seen the campaign signs, you’d hardly know there was a race. Last week’s dog show at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting was hardly a capstone to good policy in the DA’s office, but there have been no horrendous defeats either. There are no shortages of campaign issues in any race amongst Carson City politicians and the DA’s office is no exception. However, with so little time left before the election, it’s doubtful that we will see real differences in these candidates. Voter concerns abound but thus far have failed to produce substantive cause to vote either way.

7 THOUGHTS ON “DULL AS DIRT”

  1. These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

    What a desperate attempt by Mark Krueger and Neil Rombardo to try and win votes in the upcoming election for District Attorney. How about doing some real work over there. I don’t see how these two guys ever made it to their current positions. The Board of Supervisors should be ashamed of themselves for giving these two guys the time of the day. Jason Woodbury should stand up and call these guys out for all of their buffoonery. Neil Rombardo is the biggest joke of a DA I think Nevada has ever witnessed.

  2. These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

    I think Rombardo and Krueger together have made a mockery of the DA’s office and justice being served here in Carson City. Did anyone catch the pathetic misuse of taxpayer dollars at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting? Two months before the election, Rombardo and Krueger roll out this DAWG program, which provides a therapy dog to victims of “crimes of secrecy” as Krueger stated. Krueger stated that the Carson City DAs Office is the first prosecutorial entity in Nevada to use such a dog. He must have not done his research. Washoe County Juvenile Detention has been using a therapy dog for quite some time so Krueger’s assertion is incorrect. I’d like to see the research he’s on therapy dogs since he says he done quite a bit. His message sure wasn’t too convincing. I don’t doubt that having a therapy dog to comfort victims of crime is a good thing. However, considering the timing and the two people pushing this program, I don’t see it as nothing more but free campaign time. Rombardo seems to want Krueger to win really bad, and Krueger seems like he will do or say anything to become DA. Many attorneys in the area believe that Krueger will turn around and give Rombardo a job if he is elected. I personally am beginning to wonder if such is true. If this is the direction that justice is headed in our community, shame on the supervisors for supporting such silly and ales serving programs.

  3. These comments were posted elsewhere and moved to this article by CCPolitics.

    I would really like some information about the District Attorney’s race. Since your website is providing information regarding the politics in Carson City, this may be the forum that lets individuals freely (while respectfully) voice their opinions and knowledge about those running for election. I don’t think the citizens really understand and are aware of the constant turnover at the DA’s office under the current administration. It would be good to know about the past dealings of each candidate. I hear that the current assistant DA, Mark Krueger, actually sued his own board of County Commissioners during his time as Assistant DA in Lyon County because they refused to give employees in the DAs office a pay raise, although wages had been frozen for every County employee, regardless of department. Krueger has also run for Justice of the Peace and District Court Judge in Carson City and lost. I am not sure of his motive to become DA, other than to be in a position of power. I just think that some of these issues need to be brought to light so that voters can make a well informed decision come election time.

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    Does Krueger plan on keeping Rombardo on his staff if he were to become DA? Many people would like to know this. Maybe “author” can look into this. Rombardo probably doesnt have anything lined up so the voters should know if Krueger would look out for his current boss or not.

  5. My observations- Krueger is going to the media for every case outcome and sentence the DA’s office is involved with. It looks like a last ditch effort to get the people to vote for him. I don’t think Krueger should get any kudos because the outcomes of these cases are what they are. Doesn’t take much skill to convict someone who walks into a restaraunt and pulls out a gun in front of a group of customers.How about letting the public know who your endorsements are and how you will do things different than what Rombardo has, Krueger.

  6. I couldn’t help but notice that the Nevada appeal reported the Olive Garden story and didn’t mention Krueger’s name. Almost seems as if Kruger didn’t like how the story was reported and so he reached out to carsonnow.org. I think it’s funny that his way of campaigning consists of just reposting every “free” media story to his campaign page.

  7. I too would like to know what these candidates are doing out in the community. I have researched both candidates and I was able to see that Woodbury is out and about going door to door and attending many events so that the public can get a better understanding of him and the job he plans to do if elected our next DA. Woodbury just seems to put more effort into his campaign, and seems to have support from a variety of people.

    Krueger, on the other hand, seems to not be doing much. As some in the community have stated, he seems to be using his current position to grab attention. Going to the board of supervisors and to the media to push his campaign seems to be his norm. I am just calling it like I see it. As a voter, I have no clue of what he is doing on the campaign trail. I was speaking with someone who knows Krueger and was told he likes to play the “gotcha” game. When I asked what that meant, I was told that Krueger is the type who will do stuff in secret so that if he doesnt get the outcome he is looking for, he can downplay his efforts.

    I guess I’d like to know if he is going door to door. Did he attend the Democratic “meet the candidates” gig a fee a sundays ago? Who in the community supports him?

    Anyone who follows the current happenings in the local courts are aware of the problems at the DAs office. Even the author of this site can verify that there are staffing probelms and high turnover there. If what I am posting seems like an attack on Krueger, it isn’t. I just want honest and truthful information from both candidates. I have seen too many times where candidates have given little effort when campaigning, and I dont think being elected DA is a job that should be obtained by giving minimal effort. So, I ask that both candidates just give the voters more infromation.

    I hope Krueger reads this site because maybe he can respond to my concerns. I would hope he proceeds to let us all know what efforts he is engaging in because as it stands now, the media updates to his campaign and facebook page with the Neil Rombardo likes for things he is SUPPOSED to be doing in his current position just aren’t convincing enough.

Election 2014: Carson City DA candidates spar over prosecution delays, victim services, Mark Krueger’s EPIC FAIL

The DA Actions Starts here: http://youtu.be/-Xi9Zmdg5Mg?t=16m27s

A voters forum featuring a discussion on Carson City Question 1, candidates for district attorney, as well as candidates for assembly district 40 and senate district 16.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Sierra Nevada Forums, and Partnership Carson City. This is the 3rd of 4 Forums.

Kaempfer Crowell - Jason D. Woodbury

Jason D. Woodbury

Carson City’s two candidates for District Attorney sparred over delays in prosecuting sensitive cases, victim services and other issues at the League of Women Voters candidate forum Monday night.

Jason Woodbury said one of his principal issues is inexcusable delays in prosecuting cases where children and the elderly are the victims.

He said he would “take ownership of that issue” and ensure prosecution isn’t delayed unless necessary.

But Assistant DA Mark Krueger said the problem is being caused by some of Woodbury’s supporters — members of the Public Defender’s staff.

“Those same defense attorneys are the ones that cause the delay in cases, the ones that go before the court and ask for the delays,” he said.

Asked if they support creating a child advocate system for Carson City, Krueger said the office has a victim and witness services team but that he would support a child advocacy center.mark krueger

“We need to be realistic in what we can expect,” said Woodbury. “Carson City is not of a size that could support a child center.” Woodbury said the capital has a CASA program and individuals in the community to help with those services.

Woodbury said one of his concerns is the turnover rate in the current DA’s office.

“When over 40 employees have come and gone in a 21 person office, that tells you something is wrong,” he said. “It’s going to take a culture change.”

Krueger said most employees left for better jobs or retirement. He said the team in place now is strong and stable.

Asked about the open meeting law Krueger said the Board of Supervisor meetings are open, but the city manager “has the opportunity to meet (privately) with his department heads.” Krueger said he would make certain the open meeting law is followed to the letter.

Woodbury too said he would ensure the open meeting law is followed but he supported the ability for the manager to have private meetings with members of the board.

“These individual meetings have value,” he said. “We need supervisors to have a lot of information that can’t necessarily be conveyed in a public meeting.”

Both touted their backgrounds. Krueger said he was chief deputy in Lyon County for six years before becoming assistant DA in Carson City two years ago and is now preparing for his 40th major criminal trial.

“I’m a team leader and have the ability to make this office run smoothly if given the opportunity,” he said.

Woodbury said after law school, he was a clerk for District Judge Mike Griffin before being hired by then-DA Noel Waters. He was a prosecutor for four years, mostly handling criminal matters. After that, he signed on with Kaempfer Crowell, a major Nevada law firm with offices statewide and now handles primarily commercial business litigation.

He said he would enhance training within the DA’s office and open up opportunities for employee advancement.

“It’s not a stepping stone,” he said. “I don’t want to be judge. I don’t want to be on the Board of Supervisors. There’s a job to be done and I want to be elected to get that job done.”

Former Nevada district attorney Gary Woodbury charged with battery Elko Justice court schedules Woodbury trial for January

Former Elko DA Gary Woodbury went to the concession stand, and the reserve deputies followed him and asked him to leave the fairgrounds. He reportedly said, “F— you, arrest me,” according to the criminal complaint.
ELKO — Trial is set for former district attorney Gary Woodbury, who is accused of pushing a reserve sheriff deputy in the back at the 2013 Elko County Fair.

An arraignment hearing was scheduled Wednesday, but Woodbury — who hired local law firm Lockie & Macfarlan to represent him — filed an appearance waiver and the simple battery case will continue to trial. It is scheduled for Jan. 13, according to justice court.

Woodbury served as district attorney for 16 years. He works as a private practice lawyer, has been appointed counsel for numerous defendants, and continues to do work for the county in a Jarbidge road lawsuit.

fuckthepoliceHe was charged with battery, a misdemeanor.

Under Nevada law, a person can be charged with a gross misdemeanor if they commit battery on a person who “possesses some or all of the powers of a peace officer.”

Because the case is pending, prosecuting attorney Michael Bongard declined to comment on the attorney general office’s decision to charge Woodbury with the lesser crime.

The charges stem from an alleged confrontation at the Elko County Fairgrounds, after a reserve officer, at the request of fair staff, asked attendees milling in a walkway to disperse, according to a charging document. Woodbury allegedly refused to listen, swore at the deputy, and later pushed him from behind.

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Justice court schedules Woodbury trial for January

ELKO — Trial is set for former district attorney Gary Woodbury, who is accused of pushing a reserve sheriff deputy in the back at the 2013 Elko County Fair.

An arraignment hearing was scheduled Wednesday, but Woodbury — who hired local law firm Lockie & Macfarlan to represent him — filed an appearance waiver and the simple battery case will continue to trial. It is scheduled for Jan. 13, according to justice court.

Woodbury served as district attorney for 16 years. He works as a private practice lawyer, has been appointed counsel for numerous defendants, and continues to do work for the county in a Jarbidge road lawsuit.

He was charged with battery, a misdemeanor.

Under Nevada law, a person can be charged with a gross misdemeanor if they commit battery on a person who “possesses some or all of the powers of a peace officer.”

Because the case is pending, prosecuting attorney Michael Bongard declined to comment on the attorney general office’s decision to charge Woodbury with the lesser crime.

The charges stem from an alleged confrontation at the Elko County Fairgrounds, after a reserve officer, at the request of fair staff, asked attendees milling in a walkway to disperse, according to a charging document.

Woodbury allegedly refused to listen, swore at the deputy, and later pushed him from behind.

Carson City DA candidate Mark Krueger supports NDAA tactics in Carson City

What’s all the fuss about the NDAA?

mark kruegerIt’s a big deal.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a bill that normally funds the military.  However, in 2012, two sections (1021 & 1022) made the NDAA the most dangerous law since the U.S. Civil War. Repeating the mistakes of WWII, when we detained 120,000 Japanese-Americans on race alone, this law authorizes the indefinite military detention of any person suspected of an affiliation with terrorism.  This law applies to American citizens in America, non-citizens in America, and American citizens abroad. It doesn’t matter.

No charge. No trial. No day in court. Passed 93-7 in the Senate, 283-136 in the House.

How does it affect you?

The government just redefined a “terrorist.” It’s not someone convicted of blowing up buildings anymore. It’s everyone. According to multiple documents from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies, It’s people who are “reverent of individual liberty,” “suspicious of centralized authority,” and “antifederalists.” It’s people who carry cash instead of credit. It’s people who are against fracking. It’s Constitutionalists, Ron Paul supporters, Democrats, Republicans, tea partiers and occupiers. Essentially, it’s everyone.

What can you do?

The problem is big, but there’s an easy solution. All politics is local. We’ve forgotten that. It’s time to go local. Your police, sheriff, city council, they all took an oath to protect your rights. It’s time to hold them to it. We’ve been fighting this battle for almost two years. And now, we’ve created the tools for you to do it too.

Download the Take Back Packet here: http://pandaunite.org/take-back-packet-online/

If you’re ready to take back your town, it’s time to roll. There are 3 steps: Learn, Build, and Act.  Here’s how you do it.

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Learn

About the NDAA

The 2012 NDAA is the most dangerous law since the U.S. Civil War, and America’s politicians don’t want you to find out about it…using every trick in the book to stop you from understanding. Know your enemy, and you can fight it.

About your local government

First, you must know your public servants. Secondly, you must know your process. Research your local government; know when they meet, the rules for public comments, and how to get legislation introduced, voted on, and passed.

Build

Your team

Start small. Hand out a basic flyer to coworkers, family, and friends, and ask them to join you in defending liberty and justice. Gather a core team of at least 4 people, ready to stand with you to stop the NDAA in your community.

Your coalition

Go to local Tea Party meetings, Occupy assemblies, and activist groups. Reach out to neighborhood groups, local parties, and activists groups. Show them how this endangers their group. Ask them to join your coalition.

Act

Inform

Flyer your neighborhood with your core team. Write letters to the editor. Create a website: takeback(yourcity).com

Pressure

Meet with your representatives/commissioners/councilmen. Speak out at public comment. Videotape it. Upload the video to this website and inspire the nation. (Upload link coming soon.)  The law of war is the backbone of the NDAA.  Pressure your officials until they introduce, and vote on, a law blocking it in your community.

Win

Win.  Get your city council, county commission, or sheriff to pass a law blocking the NDAA, protecting activists, families, and businesses everywhere in your city/county. Hold your representatives accountable. They will try to trick you. They will ridicule you. They will try to refer it to committee. They will stall. The police will refuse to enforce it. Go back. Over and over again. Never give up. If they try to weaken your law, stop them. Do not compromise. Do not accept defeat. Know that you are on the cutting edge of the revolution.

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That’s how we win. It’s that simple. Learn, Build, Act. You have been looking for something that works. You see the path our country has traveled down. You want a future for your children. You are ready.

We’ll provide extra support when you need it. We’ll provide advice, and you have the power to take back your town. Thousands of people stand behind you.

With liberty and justice for all.

Are you ready to Take Back your town?

Here’s your packet: http://pandaunite.org/take-back-packet-online/

Want to get started, but don’t quite know how?

If you know how to get started, or have a lot of political experience, the above packet is all you need. Most people however, want to stop the NDAA and aren’t sure of the first step.

Want some help getting started? Fill out the form below and look for an email or a call from us. We’ll help you take back your town.

Victories to date:

Albany, NY – October 7, 2013

Oxford, MA – October 9, 2013

Webster, MA – October 21, 2013

Emmett, ID – December 17, 2013

Gem County, ID – February 24, 2014

Middleton, ID – March 19, 2014

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New blog sites to focus on Carson City Corruption involving Judge Tatro, DA candidate Mark Krueger and Sheriff Kenny Furlong

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COMING SOON:

New blog sites to focus  on Carson City Corruption involving Judge Tatro, DA candidate Mark Krueger and Sheriff Kenny Furlong

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UPDATE:  May 24, 2014 They are trying to shut down the new blogs once again… Stay tuned… For now go here:

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Are you aware of the ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court case Times v. Sullivan (1964) which states this, in part:

As Americans we have a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on Public Issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open. And that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.

 

 

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Vern Pierson is up there with Hitler and Stalin El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson Loses Bad! Nutting Runs the Not Guilty Table on Him – Political Opinion

– See more at: http://inedc.com/1-8677#sthash.IDNOqMTa.dpuf

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

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

Washoe/Reno Board of County Commissioners Get an “earful” about Dirty DA Dick Gammick, vote rigging and other boondoggles – Jun 11, 2013

Dick Gammick

Dick Gammick

Washoe/Reno Board of County Commissioners  Get an “earful” about Dirty DA Dick Gammick, vote rigging and other boondoggles – Jun 11, 2013

Washoe/Reno Board of County Commissioners Get an “earful” about Dirty DA Dick Gammick when Tonja Brown and Guy Felton speak.

Mike Weston tells the Board of Commissioners  that

Washoe District Attorney Dick Gammick belongs in a Federal prison!

Sam Dehne is THE Encyclopedia of Reno govt.. AND Guardian of Reno citizens.

Why is Sam Dehne the only person with the gumption to expose the obvious Nevada vote rigging?