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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 7A Indian Valley Record Portola's native son returns as deputy Plumas County's newest deputy sheriff, Tom Klundby, is flanked by Sheriff Greg Hagwood, (left) and Assistant Sheriff Gerry Hendrick in this June 28 photo at the sheriff's office in Quincy. Klundby is holding the Joel "Joey" Lindstadt Memorial Award that he received for his outstand- ing achievements at the Butte College Law Enforcement Academy. Photo by Dan McDonald From Gray's garden to yours ... Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.com deputy sheriff has been risk- ing his life for his country since the day he graduated from Portola High School in 1996. Klundby spent four years in the Marine Corps after high school• After finishing his time in the Marines, he responded to the 9/11 terror- ist attacks by joining the Army. After three and a half years in the Army and two tours of Tom Klundby is the epito- me of a public servant. Plumas County's newest duty in Iraq, Klundby re- turned. But his career as a public servant was far from fin- ished. Two years ago he became a corrections officer at the Plumas County Jail. June 9, Klundby graduated ninth in a class that began with 56 students at the Butte College Law Enforcement Academy. "I'm just glad he's on our side," Sheriff Greg Hagwood said, beaming as he glanced at the hulking, 6-foot-3 deputy. "We were thrilled to hire Tom as a deputy and send him to the academy," Hag- wood said. "He continued to distinguish himself as just a quality candidate and he did exceptionally well as evi- denced by the award that he received•" Klundby was awarded the Joel "Joey" Lindstadt Memo- rial Scholarship for his out- standing achievements at the academy. The officers and dispatch- ers of the Paradise Police Of- ficers' Association awarded Visi00 ,rs bureau receives reprieve the honor. "I never had the pleasure of knowing Officer Lindstadt (who died in 2010 after a bat- tle with cancer)," Hagwood said. "But his family was there to present Tom the award. It's just a reflection of his outstanding effort and abilities." Despite his glowing resume and years of public service, Klundby said he feels very fortunate to be a deputy. "I feel very lucky," Klund- by said, noting that only 25 of his original 56 academy classmates graduated, in part because there just aren't many law-enforcement open- ings in this tough economy• "Wherever I end up (as a deputy in the county) I will be happy," he said. Klundby is beginning the third week of his 16-week field-training program with the sheriff's office. After the training, he will be stationed in the Quincy office or one of the county's substations• Hagwood said he would eventually like to see Klund- by stationed in his home- town of Portola. "That would be a huge ad- vantage for our agency and for the citizens in Portola," Hagwood said. "Tom and his family are very well respect- ed in that community and have been for years. So I think it would be a wonder- ful fit for Tom to have a role in that community." Klundby agreed. "I would love to work in my hometown," he said. "I al- ready have a repartee and know most of the people. I would really enjoy that." as county budgoe!oOeUo!!ook worsens I see for,o.rselp Dan McDonald of Supervlsorsfor county would haveaproblem•" ) ,,:!.i:,::=::,. rile expect a $1.1 million budget shortfall in the general fund. The county will not have accurate fund-balance num- bers until the fiscal 2010-11 accounting is completed in August. Ingstad's recommended budget was laced with cuts to many county departments, in- cluding a 10-percent pay cut for most county employees. The cuts would come from reducing the current 40-hour workweek to 36 hours. He save roughly $400,000 by hav- ing most general-fund employ- ees work four nine-hour days with Fridays off. Ingstad said the county's budget committee, which includes supervisors Lori Simpson and Robert Meacher, was scheduled to meet again July 5. "We have to start looking at things differently," Ingstad said. "When you see a problem, you have to react quickly. And we definitely The state budget package approved by the Legislature on June 28 included more bad news for rural residents• Homeowners who are in CalFire State Responsibility Areas will have to pay a $150 fee. The budgetalso zeros out any Williamson Act subven- tion funds, money the state used to reimburse counties for the loss of tax revenues on properties registered under the act. 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Plumas Corporation -- the nonprofit organization that oversees the visitors bureau -- dipped into its savings ac- count to fund the bureau through September. Plumas Corporation Execu- tive Director John Sheehan said his organization used $37,500 of its unrestricted funds to keep the visitors bu- reau alive. The visitors bureau, which has traditionally been funded by county general fund mon- ey, faced closure July 1. The bureau was among the non-county organizations -- including the chambers of commerce and economic de- velopment -- that had their funding completely eliminat- ed in the recommended coun- ty budget• The Board of Super- visors adopted the budget June 21. Visitors Bureau Director Suzi Brakken said she wanted to ask the supervisors for tem- porary county funding at the board's July 5 meeting. However, the board is re- stricted from making budget amendments until a final bud- get is adopted, according to County Administrative Offi- cer Jack Ingstad. Sheehan said he hoped the county would restore funding to the visitors bureau in its fi- nal budget, and reimburse Plumas Corporation for the $37,500. If that doesn't happen "we would have to revisit it (the visitors bureau situation)," Sheehan said. "If we don't. have money, we will have to lay people off." The county's budget hole actually grew deeper last week, according to Ingstad. He said potential county revenue from the sale of Dame Shirley Plaza to the state evaporated last week. Plumas County stood to earn about $1 million by sell- ing the land to the state as the site for a new courthouse. But the state cut the money from its budget for the fiscal year. "The state delayed the pur- chase," Ingstad said. "It will still likely happen, but it won't be this fiscal year." Ingstad said labor negotia- tions with the union over pro- posed pay cuts and insurance changes for county employees "were not going well." "The unions don't think there is a problem," Ingstad said. 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