Supes, Burns can save the taxpayers’ money

Correction: The newspaper’s editorial of April 29 expressed two concerns — that district attorney Robert Burns make the transition from district attorney to county counsel as quickly as possible and that he earn only one salary while serving in both positions.

The second concern is moot because it has already been addressed. According to the contract negotiated by Burns and county and approved by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, despite his possible service in both roles, Burns will continue to earn his salary as district attorney until he resigns. Thereafter, he will be paid as county counsel.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — Just last week the Lassen County Board of Supervisors hired District Attorney Robert Burns, who is not seeking re-election in the June 3 Primary Election, as Lassen County Counsel.

Burns will assume the county counsel role May 16 with the departure of Rhetta Vander Ploeg, and, according to the contract he inked with the county, he also could serve as district attorney until the newly elected district attorney takes the oath of office next January — more than eight months from now.

According to the contract negotiated between the county and Burns and approved by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors last week, the county “is aware and accepts that employee (Burns) will be serving in both capacities, county counsel and district attorney, from the date of effectiveness of this agreement until such time as employee resigns from the position of district attorney or his term ends by operation of law, whichever comes first.

Thereafter employee will serve as county counsel only … ”

For the full Editorial and other opinions, read the Tuesday, April 29, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.


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