D3 Newsletter - June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022                                                                                      


2023 Resignation of CAO


You've probably heard by now, but on June 14th, CAO Don Ashton notified the BOS that he will be stepping down to resign from his position in March 2023.

While the Board is actively involved in the recruitment process, recognizing that the next County CAO is perhaps the most important decision we will make, I would be remiss if I didn't state how conflicted I am.  I remain delighted that Don will be moving onto the next phase of his life, as he richly deserves it, but it is hard to imagine our County without him at the helm.

Don has been the right man for the job at the right time, and he has successfully led El Dorado County through perhaps our most difficult chapter with his calm, strong, ethical and inspired leadership.  He will be leaving our County in a strong financial position with healthy reserves to weather the current unstable economic climate, has worked with the BOS to found our local government on the principles of good governance, has made tremendous progress in ensuring a stable workforce and a more robust investment in infrastructure while moving boldly toward enhanced vegetation management and resiliency measures for our County.  What more could we ask for?

I remain optimistic that what blesses one, blesses all, and that we will find the right next CAO.  Nearly 7 years as the CAO is a tremendous gift to our County.  Until March 2023, there is no doubt Don will continue to shepherd El Dorado County with strong leadership and fierce love for our County for which we remain inordinately grateful.

"Ish" Memorial Highway


On Monday, June 27, Senator Brian Dahle brought forward and unveiled a dedication to slain EDSO Deputy Brian Ishmael to be placed on Highway 50 in memory and gratitude for his service and sacrifice to El Dorado County.  Fitting and beautiful.

Carson Road Closure

JULY 11-22:  Camino Safety Project


The Camino Safety Project is moving along and the new undercrossing road will intersect Carson Road at the Carson Court intersection. Carson
Road and the west end of Carson Court will need to be lowered by approximately three feet and
reconstructed at the proposed new intersection. A new east connection to Carson Court is open to

Caltrans has requested a full closure of Carson Road IN THE PROJECT AREA (seen in red above) in the interest of public safety. Closing Carson Road during this construction will significantly lessen the length of time to complete the new intersection. Traffic control signs will be installed to detour traffic onto US 50 around this Carson Road closure and is anticipated to take place from JULY 11 - JULY 22.

Motorists are advised to slow down through the work zone and expect delays during this
construction period. Motorists are also advised to allow extra time when traveling through the
work zone in order to arrive at their destinations on time. Businesses located on Carson Road
and Carson Court will have continual access and are anticipated to remain open during this time.

Click here for the Press Release on Closure

For more information, click here for Caltrans project website.

Mosquito Road Closure


El Dorado County’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will be performing road work on Mosquito Road from 0.6 miles north to 0.8 miles south of the Mosquito Road Bridge for tree removal, bridge maintenance, and north roadway tie-in work. The work requiring road closure within these limits is anticipated to begin July 5, 2022 and continue through August 8, 2022. 

Please see Press Release below for all the details:

Link to Road/Bridge Closure Press Release

And remember, for the most up-to-date information, always check the Mosquito Bridge Project Website on the County's website:

Link to Mosquito Bridge Project Website

Charter Review Comm.

Every 5 years, the BOS is required to convene a committee to review our County Charter and make recommendations on potential changes. On June 14th, the BOS approved who will represent our 5 districts on the Charter Review Committee, and I am excited to welcome former Clerk of the BOS, Jim Mitrisin and former Executive Director of El Dorado Transit, Mindy Jackson, as the member/alternate for District 3!  

Also on June 14th, the BOS weighed in on topics the committee might review, recognizing that the committee is autonomous and has the freedom to chose their own areas of review. 

The BOS recommendations were: 1) Consider any possible Grand Jury reports; 2) Examine an additional third term in office for Board members excluding current sitting Board members; 3) Examine staggered terms for Elected Department Heads; 4) Align the County Charter with County Ordinance with regards to the Civil Service Commission; 5) Examine increasing the number of Board members from five (5) to seven (7) members; 6) Examine term limits for Elected Department Heads and whether certain Elected Department Heads should be appointed rather than elected; and 7) Direct the Budget Ad Hoc Committee to review Proposition 172.

A big thank you to all who were appointed, and we look forward to their insights and recommendations.

Link to the County Charter

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El Dorado Rose 2022


A big congratulations to Sherry Phillipsen for being El Dorado County's new hostess as the El Dorado Rose.

Sherry exudes graciousness and hospitality and her caring heart is evident in the depth of volunteer work she has devoted herself to over the past 30 years.  She will be a wonderful ambassador for our County.

To get to know her better, enjoy this article from the Mountain Democrat: Click Here

Better yet, look for her at the next community event or ribbon cutting...I'm sure she'll be there with bells on!


New Camino Fire Safe Council


The Pollock Pines/Camino Fire Safe council was disbanded and there is a newly formed Camino Fire Safe Council which now covers the greater Camino area including Cedar Grove and part of the Placerville area.

If you live in the area, you are encouraged to join their email list and get involved to help keep our community firewise and fire safe. 

If you are interested in joining the email list for the Camino Fire Safe council please contact them or sign up online at http://eepurl.com/h4tPt1 




Congrats on a Wildly Successful EDC Fair!


You came out in record numbers...it was so good to have the EDC Fair back!  Here are a few stats from this year’s EDC Fair:

  • Record Attendance just under 73,000 attendees
  • Record Junior Livestock Auction - $925,000 raised/donated

Thank you to our amazing community for supporting our youth.

  • Heritage Hog-El Dorado County Fair Association, Heritage Foundation

This year’s hog was donated by Kristin Blake, Ponderosa FFA and was also her last year showing at Fair. The hog sold for just over $70,000…with nearly 60 buyers contributing varying funds for this amount. The Heritage Foundation’s focus for this raised funding is to continue the phased purchasing and installation of new livestock panels for the livestock barns. Thank you to all those buyers!!

I take my hat off to new CEO Kathy Dunkak, the Fair Association Staff and Board of Directors, to the volunteers (couldn't put on the Fair without them) and all the participants who worked diligently to make it a magical experience for our community! 

Can't wait for next year!!!



(Proud that my assistant, Karen Feathers, stepped up as President of the Fair Association Board this year!  Well done to everyone involved)




"The Fair is that historic piece of Americana that still brings families together for fun."

Robert Smith