Nevada County Consolidated Fire District is about to be short one board member. Bob Rhodes submitted his resignation right before the last meeting on August 15th. Board Chair Warren Knox would only say Rhodes resigned for “personal reasons.” His resignation will be formally accepted at the next meeting September 19th and become effective immediately. Knox says the district will be working on selecting his replacement.*
If no one is appointed in that time then the County Board of Supervisors has 60 days to appoint someone to the position. Knox says one way or the other somebody will get appointed and fill out the rest of Bob Rhodes term which runs through 2016.
On June 11, 2013 the Nevada County Grand Jury released a scathing report about the operations of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. In its summary, it calls the Board of Directors dysfunctional, and wracked by discord, acrimony, backbiting, and mistrust among board members. The report also says the Board violated Open Meeting laws.
According to the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District website, Rhodes is the former owner of Sierra Motor Sports in Grass Valley, and has been active in community service as a past member of Board of Directors, Nevada County Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and a past member of Board of Directors, Watt Park Fire District, Nevada County. As a member of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board of Directors, Rhodes served as the Chair of the Personnel Committee.
Rhodes could not be reached for comment.