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Grand Jury recommends censure of Shasta County Supervisor

A Grand Jury found Shasta County Supervisor Leonard Moty took advantage of his position by using his special access to evacuation zones to refuel his home generators after the Carr Fire, says a new grand jury report.

Posted: May 3, 2021 5:27 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 9:04 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif.- A Grand Jury recommends censure for Shasta County Supervisor Leonard Moty after he took advantage of his position as a local leader by using his special access to evacuation zones to refuel his home generators after the Carr Fire, said a new grand jury report. 

The Shasta County Grand Jury said this was improper, but it was not illegal.

The Grand Jury found Moty to have "infringed on the rights of others" by using county resources for his own benefit amidst a crisis. 

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The report states Moty took multiple escorted trips to his neighborhood instead of affected areas of his district.  

Before the tours, it was found Moty loaded fuel cans into a county vehicle to fill generators at his home.

Moty is currently one of three supervisors targeted in a recall effort for the Shasta Board of Supervisors. 

Moty released the following statement after the jury's report:

"The Carr Fire was a crisis and I stood with our Sheriff and first responders in trying everything possible to protect our community as parts of it were reduced to rubble and ash. I spent time behind the fire line almost every day, checking on homes, helping with livestock, vehicles and other concerns. We filled generators, including at my own home, to stop spoilage of food. I welcome scrutiny of my leadership in the crisis, god forbid we’d be faced with anything similar in the future, but we must learn any lessons we can and be at our best when it counts the most. I respect the findings and will move forward in the best interests of the community."

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