Yolo County is searching for a new county counsel, though the reason why remains unclear.
The Board of Supervisors emerged from closed session last week with a two-sentence statement announcing that recruitment would be getting underway for a replacement for current County Counsel Robyn Drivon, but no additional information or explanation was provided. Evaluation of the county counsel, however, was one of the items on the closed session agenda.
“A recruitment for a new county counsel will be commencing,” Supervisor Don Saylor of Davis said at the time. “Robyn Drivon has agreed to serve in and perform the duties of the office of the county counsel on an interim basis, at the pleasure of the board through the recruitment process.”
When asked if she had additional information to provide this week, Drivon said, “No more than was announced at the end of (last Tuesday’s) meeting.”
County spokeswoman Beth Gabor said she had no further information either.
Drivon has served as county counsel since 2006 and was an assistant county counsel for Yolo County for a year before that. She also served as interim Yolo County administrator in 2009 following the retirement of former County Administrator Sharon Jensen and until the appointment of current County Administrator Patrick Blacklock.
Under state law, county counsels serve four-year terms and Drivon’s current term ends April 5, 2014.
Saylor said Tuesday that the county has contracted with executive search consultants Peckham and McKenney to conduct a recruitment. The position will be posted by mid-March with final interviews and selection of a county counsel in late June or early July.
The county counsel serves as legal adviser for county officials, departments, schools and special districts. The office also represents the county in all civil law matters; prepares ordinances, resolutions and contracts; and investigates the legality of claims made upon the county.
The position is one of the highest paid in Yolo County, with an annual salary of $194,799.
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