Stuck between threats of lawsuits and felonies, county auditor-controllers want their own lawyers


...Harn, the auditor-controller of El Dorado County, located east of Sacramento, paid $9,000 in out-of-pocket legal costs in recent years after the county’s board of supervisors voted to sue him for refusing to pay for a new fire engine. 

Harn said he concluded the county had broken the law by collecting special-district fees and the money earmarked for the fire engine needed to be returned to property owners...

“But I had apprehensions because the auditor controller is personally liable if he makes an illegal payment.”.