REDDING, Calif. - There's a new sheriff in town, in Shasta County to be specific. Shasta County Supervisors voted 4-to-1 to appoint Anderson Police Chief Michael Johnson as the next sheriff of the county.
Supervisors Joe Chimenti, Mary Rickert, Les Baugh, and Leonard Moty voted in favor to appoint Johnson. Only Supervisor Patrick Jones was against the appointment. Anderson City Council members also came to Tuesday’s meeting to endorse Johnson as the next sheriff of the county.
“Yes, I’m going to vote for Chief Johnson for sheriff, even if that meant I was never elected to another community office,” said Baugh at Tuesday’s meeting.
“I will gladly take that as a repercussion and do the right thing, then to respond and do the wrong thing. By not supporting the only person that has the ability to help us climb out of the pit that we're in.”
Jones said that people need to vote for their next sheriff.
“That's what the public is asking,” said Jones. “That's the position of sheriff. You have to earn it by running a campaign.”
Some community leaders at the meet expressed support for Johnson as the next sheriff.
“It is without hesitation or reservation that I say that Michael Johnson is the absolute best choice for sheriff of Shasta County,” said Kimberly Johnson, the Executive Director of the Children’s Legacy Center.
But others urged the board to hold off on the appointment.
“You supervisors are in a position of great power today,” said Elissa McEuen at public comment.
“But that does not make you omniscient to the wants and needs of our law enforcement nor the public at large. So I urge you, pause the appointment.”
Johnson replaces former Sheriff Eric Magrini who resigned in June. Magrini became Assistant Deputy CEO for the county.
The next election for the Shasta County Sheriff is in June 2022. At Tuesday’s meeting, Johnson said he plans to run for the position.