Balancing the County’s Budget Deficitson the Backs of Children
By Ray A. March
Feb. 1, 2002
Michelson Cleans Out Her Desk
On the Friday following her firing Donna Michelson delivered various documents to Rosemary Nelson with a cover memo stating she trusted Nelson would inform the commission that she had received them. The unidentified documents were to have been presented to the commission at its Jan. 30 meeting, Michelson told Nelson.
“During the extremely hasty exit from the Modoc County Children and Families Commission (meeting) where I was escorted from the building by Chief of Police Larry Picket at the direction of Commissioner Carol Harbaugh, these items and documents were simply overlooked,” Michelson said in her memo to Nelson.
This was also an opportunity for Michelson to thank Nelson for her support.
“I enjoyed the brief time I got to know you as a commissioner,” Michelson wrote. “I sincerely appreciated your neutrality and fairness in all matters. I look forward to working with you in the future under more equitable circumstances.”
In a matter of weeks Nelson received an accusatory letter from Commissioner Philip Smith charging the neutral Nelson with conflict of interest and that she should remove herself “from any further business that deals with Ms. Michelson.”
The commission had successfully freed itself of Michelson, now it had Nelson in its sights.
Next: Part 28
Treasurer Cheryl Knoch openly informs the commission that treasury funds are used to off-set negative balances in other departments such as the Modoc Medical Center.