Supervisor Roger Gitlin’s raising of the curtain of public scrutiny on the issue of the lack of requirement for the Public Health Officer of Del Norte County to reside in this county at the April 23rd Supervisor’s meeting appears to be a tempest in a thimble rather than a teapot. All other supervisors turned noses up and thumbs down on his proposed residency requirement of at least 180 days per year. Currently it is ,”whenever”. It does not seem like an unreasonable requirement to this citizen of Del Norte .
How many other county officers are living out of county? Supervisor Hemmingsen has stated that “he had questioned Dr.Martinelli’s ability to do the job from Santa Barbara but, was satisfied with the response he received”. It is not reported from whom he received that response or the nature of that response.One could reasonably assume it was from Dr. Martinelli but such assumptions are not always the case. As to the amelioration of Supervisor Hemmingsen’s skepticism it may be based on the litany of actions and activities as reported in the April 25th edition of The Triplicate,” Health officer residency raises spat”. Among the actions and activities from afar Dr. Martinelli cites(for instance) being a consultant between Pelican Bay State Prison and Sutter Coast Hospital, and enforcement officer of various health codes and statutes as well as a number of others. He claims a once a month week long stint in Del Norte County.
Now it seems that the need is intensifying whereby a deputy Health Officer is being sought to fill in the 3 week per month hiatus created by an absentee county officer. Our Public Health Officer receives just under $3,000.00 per month and the deputy (who will be here to do the work ) will be on a volunteer basis. Wherein lies the logic of this situation? Is Dr. Martinelli indispensable? And to cap it off please consider dear supervisors that money paid by Del Norte County is going to be spent by and large in Santa Barbara County Would the supervisors be okay with Sheriff Wilson living out of county? After all the job description for the Sheriff/Coroner which I picked up at personnel department today does not specify a residency in Del Norte County. And by the way, Ms. Munson, (sheriff lacks authority to cherry-pick laws enforced 4-25-13) one of his listed duties is to interpret federal code and statutes.
Crescent City, Ca.