Lassen County is one of California's 58 counties. It is the fifth
largest in size. The county was created in April 1, 1864. County government
provides services like: fire protection, law enforcement, road building
and repair, animal control, tax collecting, child protective services,
and running elections for local offices as well as elections for
national offices like President of the United States.
Our county is governed
by five people, called Supervisors. They are elected from the districts
where they live. This group of Supervisors is called the Board of
Supervisors. The districts are as follows:
District: 1 Name: Bob Pyle Location: Westwood, Eagle Lake (Spaulding and Lake Forest), Richmond/Gold Run
District: 2 Name: Jim Chapman Location: Susanville
The five Supervisors are elected for a term of four years. Elections are only in even numbered years. The terms are staggered
so usually only two or three Supervisors are up for election at any one
time. Each year, the Supervisors elect who will serve as Chairman, or main spokesperson for the group.
The Board of Supervisors is responsible for governing the entire
county except for Susanville. The Supervisors meet three or four times a
month. They create a budget which tells how money is spent. They also decide how land is used and administer
state programs like welfare and medical aid. The County provides a
public defender, a lawyer, for those who can't afford to hire one.
There are other elections to help govern the people living in Lassen County. These people are elected for four year terms.
Office: Sheriff/Coroner Name: Dean Growdon Responsibilities: hires deputies, investigates crimes and deaths, maintains the jail
Office: Clerk/Recorder Name: Julie Bustamante Responsibilities: runs elections, records births and deaths, assists the Board of Supervisors
Office: Auditor Name: Karen Fouch Responsibilities: manages the county budget and writes checks for payments
Office: Assessor Name: Kenneth Bunch Responsibilities: determines property value and property lines
Office: Tax Collector Name: Richard Egan Responsibilities: collects taxes and makes sure everyone pays
Office: District Attorney Name: Robert Burns Responsibilities: prosecutes people who may have broken laws
Office:Superior Court Judges (There are 2 of them) Name: Michele Verderosa and F. Donald Sokol Responsibilities: responsible for managing trials of suspected criminals, handle divorces, civil suits, and juvenile cases
Lassen County's offices exist to help its residents. It provides
guidelines so all are treated fairly and a process to complain if people
believe they have not been treated fairly. It provides law and order
for the areas outside of Susanville.
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