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2A Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Indian Valley Record Canalia, Hendrick named assistant sheriffs Dan McDonald : Staff Writer with the sheriff's office. Canalia was the sergeant in "I've worked with both Dean Chester the past seven years and Gerry for the entirety of of his 17-year career. The Plumas County Sher- : is Office now has two assis- tant sheriffs instead of one : undersheriff. Sheriff Greg Hagwood an- nounced Tuesday, May 10, that Dean Canalia and Gerry Hendrick were promoted to ! fill those positions. : Canalia and Hendrick have Quincy office prior to his pro- a combined 38 years of service motion. their careers," Hagwood said. "They have demonstrated ex- ceptional leadership skills and commitment to the sheriffs of- rice and to the communities throughout this county." Hendrick, a 21-year veteran of the department, was the pa- trol commander and SWAT commander based in the Hagwood said it is benefi- cial to have someone from the Chester-Lake Almanor area in his administration, "Dean was incredibly suc- cessful in the community of Chester, developing a very strong alliance with the sheriff's department and the community up there," Hag- wood said. "I look to Dean to bring that ability to all of our communities now." Hagwood and Hendrick climbed the ranks of the sher- ilTs department together. "Gerry and I literally have been partners for the past 21 years," Hagwood said. "We worked together on patrol, we worked together in investiga- tions, we've both been patrol sergeants in Quincy, we've both been investigation sergeants. Our careers have either paralleled each other working together or we have kind of leap-frogged along as we have moved up through the ranks." Under the new department structure, Hendrick will man- age operations. Canalia will direct the administration side. "I think something that's a benefit to the sheriff is Dean and I are not carbon copies of each other," Hendrick said. "We have the same philoso- phy to support the sheriff and the citizens of this communi- ty. But how we go about it may be a little bit different." Hagwood said he has com- plete trust and confidence in the two assistant sheriffs. That is important, consider- ing many of the sheriff's du- ties take him to all corners of the county and beyond. "That's a huge benefit to me, which in turn will be a huge benefit to all the commu- nities," Hagwood said. "Hav- ing Dean and Gerry in the po- sitions they are in now, al- lows me to go to the state-level meetings. I can lobby for the interests of Plumas County, knowing with absolute confi- dence that there isn't any- thing that they can't handle or deal with in my absence." Although Hagwood is very happy .with the support team he has assembled, he said choosing the two assistant sheriffs from a strong field of applicants in the department was "an agonizing decision." "It was an incredibly diffi- cult decision because we have so many really talented and gifted staff members," Hag- wood said. "I know all of them and I consider them to be friends. I had to really step back from personal feelings and address this as a very ob- j ective, business-oriented mis- sion." Dean Canalia (left) and Gerry Hendrick have been promoted to assistant sheriffs. Canalia and Hendrick have a combined 38 years of service with the Plumas County Sheriff's Office. Photo by Dan McDonald PhmasCommunityRadio : Tune In. 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SHOWTIME and related marks ore registered trademarks of 8home Netwad Ir,, a CBS Company. Ghl with purchase is courtesy of Rumes Satlite and will be provided fo the customer at tbe lma of ac,aSen wi  raqui:l redempSen prees. County, LAFCo consider fire protection opt'ons Dan McDonald Staff Writer Plumas County is facing a complex problem. How does a large, rural county nestled in mountain timberland make sure all of its residents have fire protection? Most agree the solution in- cludes an expansion of fire- district boundaries that cur- rently leave more than 20 per- cent of the county's land and 5 percent of its citizens without guaranteed fire protection. At the Tuesday, May 10, Board of Supervisors' meet- ing in Quincy, Local Agency Formation Commission (LAF- Co) Executive Director John Benoit explained his agency's role in the potential solution. "We (LAFCo) are the ones that make boundary changes," Benoit told the board. "We make it happen. But to actually make that hap- pen, we have a planning process that we need to go through. We are actually im- plementing it now. "(May 9) we had a presenta- tion in the Eastern Plumas area," he said. "And we are going to make our way through the county and even- tually have all of our plan- ning done." Part of that planning process ]s being conducted by an ad hoc committee of the board, comprised of fire offi- cials and county leaders in- cluding supervisors Terry Swofford (District 1) and Jon Kennedy (District 5). The Plumas County Emer- gency Services Feasibility Study Group will be meeting ROSBY with Benoit June 6. "In your experience, have there been any other counties that have been as faulty as this county in developing land without fire protection?" Board Chairwoman Lori Simpson asked Benoit. "That's the first thing I want to know." "l think you're late- bloomers," Benoit said, adding that other counties faced similar fire-protection problems in the past. "A lot of these situations have gotten corrected. 1 know that I per- sonally have processed annex- ations dealing with 20 to 50 thousand acres of land to be placed in a fire district, large- ly because of this situation." Benoit said he works in sev- eral counties. None of them is struggling as hard with fire protection as Plumas County ]s right now. "To some degree they have the problem. But here it's much more severe," Benoit said. Though LAFCo officially ses the boundaries for fire districts, its authority is limited. "I can't unilaterally say ... Beckwourth is going to take that and Eastern Plumas is going to take that. There's a process and, as you are well aware of, there is a tax-ex- change issue that needs to be in place (in Plumas County) befoie we can do anything," Benoit said. "The districts have the right to say, 'Well, we don't want to serve this area.' So that is a constraint." Benoit said LAFCo would determine a fire district's ability to service an area. 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"And then have those folks within the spheres of the dis- tricts have that CSA contract on their behalf back to that district for service?" "That would ork ... form- ing a count y fire (district)," Benoit Said. He said under that scenario certain areas would be contract- ed back to other tee districts. "I'm sure other fire dis- tricts that provide the service would do it .... That scenario is definitely doable. It just de- pends what mechanism you want to use." Benoit said he hopes the June 6 meeting with the board's committee will result in an action plan. Plumas County resident Dennis Clemens said he was skeptical about a county ser- vice area because it could re- sult in double taxation for some people. "I'm already paying proper- ty taxes. And a portion of those are not being shared with my fire district, because my parcel was never an- nexed," Clemens said. 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