Sixty-year-old Danelle Stylos was in charge of fire and emergency services, planning, building inspections, environmental health, water resources and road maintenance and supervised around 60 employees.
She was released on a $25,000 bail, and thus formal charges won't be presented until she appears in court on March 6th. District Attorney Amanda Hopper told FOX40 that she could not comment on the case because the investigation is on-going. That means there could be additional charges or charges could be adjusted.
Stylos' attorney Jesse Santana says it was hard to respond when the formal complaint has yet to be filed, but it was his understanding that it involved his client was registering to vote and getting a concealed weapons permit in Sutter County when she is alleged to live elsewhere.
If so, Santana says the charges won't hold up because he has witnesses and other evidence that clearly shows she lives in Sutter County.
While the charges don't appear to involve monetary gain, county administrator Scott Mitnick says if true the allegations are serious.
He said a person is innocent until proven guilty but situations like this have the potential of giving a black eye to local government. He added that public confidence is crucial.
"Local government officials in particular, we are held to a higher standard," Mitnick said.
Mitnick said the county did not initiate the investigation but may undertake an internal review of issues surrounding the case.