Supervisor Leonard Moty worries about the future of Shasta County as he prepares for his last day | News
SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – Tuesday will be the last day Supervisor Leonard Moty represents Shasta County after being recalled earlier this month.
The results of the recall elections will be presented to the board for acceptance and Moty will be replaced by Happy Valley School District President Tim Garman.
Moty is set for his last day in office, but believes the recall effort has split the county in the long run.
“I don’t think it’s a community that’s united, and this recall effort was just a divisive effort to hurt our community.” Moty said.
Moty faced threats throughout the election, at one point limiting an online board meeting due to threats and the spread of the Omicron variant in county offices.
He now fears the recall process will be used as a weapon against other supervisors.
“The question will be for Mr. Garman if he’s going to be beholden now to all those people who spent all that money and stand by them even though he doesn’t believe it,” Moty said. “I think there will be a lot of pressure on him if he doesn’t because he could be called up afterwards.”
Action News Now has contacted Tim Garman over Moty’s comment.
Garman said in a text: “I am indebted to no one. I work for the people of Shasta County and will do my own research on what comes before me and act on it.
As Moty prepares to be replaced, he fears the county he grew up in is in dire straits.
“I’m worried about my community, what’s going to happen to them,” Moty said. “Will it be the same type of place to live where everyone is welcome even if you have a difference of opinion or will only those with a very righteous opinion be welcome and be attacked if you are not? »
Moty has spent 44 years in public service as a police officer, police chief and elected official, but he is unsure whether he will return to politics.
Moty says he can’t wait to start the next chapter of his life.
“I had contact with a lot of people. At this point who contacted me about consulting jobs or other assignments or other opportunities that are opening up for me,” Moty said. “I have been told by many people that my name is quite big in the state and in the county and not to be discouraged by what has happened here with a small number of people.”
Moty told Action News Now he will spend the next few weeks resting and spending time with family as he plans for his future.