Political Town Hall Meeting Reveals Local Voters Preferences

by Placerville Newswire / May 25, 2018 / comments

[Taxpayer Watchdogs For Dan Dellinger Recorder-Clerk]
   Placerville, CA – A survey taken by Taxpayer Watchdogs For Dan Dellinger Recorder-Clerk during Thursday night’s Telephone Town Hall Meeting about reforming and improving County Government with Dan Dellinger revealed overwhelming support for eliminating bonuses currently paid to County elected officials, keeping the Elections Department under the management of an elected Recorder-Clerk, and extending term limits from just the Board of Supervisors to include all County elected officials.  Over 2,800 persons listened in to the “radio talk show” style meeting by telephone that allowed audience members to question Dellinger directly and respond to three survey questions via touch tone phone on May 24. 

   The first survey question was - since 1993 El Dorado County has been paying it’s civil service employees various retention bonuses as incentives to prevent them from accepting better offers with other employers, should County elected officials also receive this extra retention bonus pay?, with the results being 69% of respondents opposed to paying bonuses to elected officials, 10% support, and 21% undecided.

   The second survey question was - currently and historically our Elections Department in El Dorado County has been managed through an elected County Clerk.  Recently, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted to develop a plan to have the Elections Department managed by an un-elected civil service manager who would report to the un-elected County Chief Administrative Officer, or CAO, appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  Do you support leaving oversight of our County elections to an elected County Clerk? Or do you support changing oversight of our County elections to an un-elected civil service manager who would report to an un-elected County Chief Administrative Officer?, with 65% of respondents favored leaving elections oversight with an elected County Clerk, 18% favored changing elections oversight to an un-elected CAO, and 18% undecided.

    The third survey question was - currently El Dorado County places a two-term limit for service only upon the Board of Supervisors, should similar limits be placed on the remaining elected officials?, with 61% favoring extending term limits to the remaining County elected officials, 26% opposed, and 13% undecided.    

  “Paying bonuses to elected officials and transferring oversight of our County elections to un-elected bureaucrats are terrible public policies,” said Dan Dellinger a former Legislative Aide and candidate for Recorder-Clerk, “I’m glad that ordinary people agree with me and I hope they show the politically connected insiders just how they feel on election day”. 

      Dan Dellinger is a government relations and political consultant who grew up on a small family ranch in Lotus where he was active in cub scouts, 4-H, and served as a volunteer firefighter for the Coloma-Lotus Volunteer Fire Department.  Dellinger graduated from Gold Trail Elementary School, Ponderosa High School, American River College (UBR), and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California - Davis in Agricultural Economics and Business Management. 

     The election will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.