El Dorado County District Attorney eyes alleged misuse of public funds by supervisor

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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The chairman of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors said the organization will cooperate with the district attorney in an investigation of one of its own.

At issue is District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting’s use of public funds to clear wood and debris from lands he owns.

“As chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the County of El Dorado, I feel compelled to react to recent statements made by … Nutting during an April 18 … interview … on KOVR Channel 13,” wrote Ron Briggs in a statement released Friday morning. “On camera, (Nutting) admitted to taking over $70,000 of public monies to cut and clear wood from his personal lands. Furthermore, Mr. Nutting said he saw no wrong in his actions and plans to continue to seek and use future public money for his personal use.”

Briggs claims the board was “unaware of this activity and unaware of an open criminal investigation by (the) district attorney.”

“On behalf of the board … it is imperative for the public to know we do not condone any conversion of public money to personal use, period,” he wrote. “I will be asking for a special board investigation into Mr. Nutting’s activities.”

According to Briggs, the board and county staff will cooperate with any criminal investigations.

“Should events unfold calling for our board to take unusual or appropriate steps to preserve the integrity of our board, county employees and citizens of the County of El Dorado, we shall do so in a swift and immediate fashion,” Briggs wrote.

Look for more on this story in the May 1 edition of the Telegraph.