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Tehama county extends county administrator contract despite public outcry

The Tehama County Board of Supervisors approved County Administrator Bill Goodwin's contract despite public outcry against it.

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 3:23 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Tehama County Board of Supervisors approved County Administrator Bill Goodwin's contract despite public outcry against it.

Allegations that Goodwin was mishandling the county's budget and using pandemic relief funds for other projects poured in from many during the public's time to address the council.

"Enough is enough. Take swift action and not to renew Mr. Goodwin's contract." said a Tehama County LEMA (Law Enforcement Management Agency) representative at the podium.

Dozens of Tehama county residents addressed the board of supervisors to not renew bill goodwin's contract.

"I believe and we at LEMA believe that that's exactly what this county needs to prevail, is change," said the LEMA representative.

"What makes me any different?," said a concerned Health Administrator who did not give her name.

Some even gathered signatures as a sort of plan B in case Goodwin's contract was renewed by the board -- which it was.

"We would love to see them not re-extend bill goodwin's contract," said Robert Haplin, an organizer for the recall signatures. "But seeing as that's probably not the case. we are here to collect signatures from people who would support a recall effort."

Still, the board of supervisors approved the renewal of Goodwin's contract with a 4-1 vote.

"I will happily vote yes on the contract renewal," said Bob Williams, the chairman of the Tehama County Supervisor Board in support of Goodwin's renewal.

"I will vote to renew Goodwin's contract," said District 1 Supervisor Steve Chamblin.

Despite some boos from the socially distant crowd, the board continued to vote in favor of the contract renewal which prompted a lot of people to leave early.

Tehama County Supervisor Candy Carlson was the one who voted against the contract renewal.

"It's because of this that I will not be supporting the contract renewal for Mr. Goodwin."

Action News Now asked Goodwin how he'll move forward after hearing the community's response.

"It just makes me all that more committed to making this community proud," said Goodwin after the vote in favor of his contract extension. 

Goodwin was present throughout the entire meeting tonight for both public comments and the board's decision.

His contract will be renewed at the end of this month and will end in April 2023.

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