Randy Waltz Still Sheriff of Del Norte Despite Charges of Perjury and Fraud, Says CAO | Wild Rivers Outpost

Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Today at 2:42 p.m.

Randy Waltz is still Del Norte sheriff despite perjury and fraud charges, CAO says

Randy Waltz


• Del Norte supervisors are treating sheriff fraud charges as a ‘staff matter’, says CAO Neal Lopez

• Del Norte sheriff charged with voter fraud and perjury; DA alleges Randy Waltz submitted false address on his voter registration papers


Despite charges of perjury, voter registration fraud and voter fraud, Randy Waltz is still the appointed sheriff of Del Norte County, according to County Administrative Officer Neal Lopez.

Lopez said he expected Waltz to tender his resignation on Monday, but the named sheriff did not submit one.

“He didn’t submit anything to the board, to me, or to the director of human resources,” Lopez told the Wild Rivers Outpost. “He was only charged. He wasn’t convicted for anything. Guess he’ll still be sheriff.

Since District Attorney Katherine Micks announced Wednesday that she has filed charges against Waltz, accusing him of listing a false Smith River address on her California voter registration form, Waltz has not returned. phone calls.

However, in a text message on Monday, Waltz referred to the Outpost to his lawyer, George Mavris. He also mentioned the Outpost to Lt. Daniel Schneck for information on DNSO cases.

Mavris could not be reached for comment.

The fake address Micks said Waltz would have listed on his voter registry — 16855 US 101 N #2 in Smith River — is a short-term vacation rental, the Sacramento bee reported last week.

According to Micks, Waltz not only illegally registered to vote on February 8 using that address, but he declared his candidacy for sheriff using that Smith River address.

Waltz did not submit his nomination papers to the Del Norte County Elections Office and therefore is not an official candidate for sheriff, according to County Clerk Alissia Northrup.

Retired Crescent City Police Lt. Garrett Scott is running for sheriff without opposition. The third nominee announced in the race for sheriff, Del Norte County Sheriff’s Sgt. Enrique Ortega, too, has not submitted his paperwork, according to Northrup.

Even if Scott runs unopposed, he still has to run in the June 7 ballot, Northrup told the Wild Rivers Outpost on Monday.

If elected, Scott would take his seat in January 2023, although the supervisory board could appoint him sooner, Northrup said.

Waltz had been the sheriff’s office’s primary media contact. According to Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Secretary Diana Stanely, the DNSO has been without an official Public Information Officer since the Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven retired in 2020.

Asked about Waltz, Stanely said Monday that she hadn’t seen any notification from him that he had resigned.

Waltz became sheriff of Del Norte County in September 2021 when his predecessor, Erik Apperson, resigned. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors nominated him to the position on September 28, 2021 by a vote of 4 to 1. District 2 Supervisor Valerie Starkey dissented.

Speaking to KFUG Community News reporter Mike Thornton on Friday, Starkey said she wants the public to “watch the whole process as it unfolds,” even if that means a contestant for the position of sheriff had to apply for appointment. That means their application is a public document and the interview process is public, Starkey told Thornton.

“They are chosen ones,” she said. “Audiences need to know who fills these roles.”

When the board of supervisors appointed Waltz, there was no interview, Starkey told the Outpost Monday.

Starkey told KFUG that she and her colleagues were informed last Tuesday that the prosecutor intended to press charges against Waltz.

However, she was unable to provide further details on how the county is handling these charges, saying it’s a “staff issue that we can’t really talk about.”

Waltz is due for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. on March 29.


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