Mendocino loses one more cannabis system manager — Sean Connell resigns • The Mendocino VoiceThe Mendocino Voice


MENDOCINO Co., 9/six/19 — Mendocino County’s cannabis system manager, Sean Connell, who started the job at the start off of 2019, resigned on Thursday. His resignation comes immediately after roughly nine months on the job, and one particular day ahead of the close of Mendocino’s “Phase One” of cannabis cultivation applications. It is apparently the case that Connell gave two weeks notice and will stay on till then.

Connell, who was previously employed in the county’s arranging and creating division, is a Lake County resident and military veteran. In response to a request for comment on his resignation produced through Instagram account on Sunday afternoon, Connell initial demurred, then mentioned, “It’s not a refusal. I care deeply about the good results of the cannabis system. Nonetheless I had a conflict in leadership opinion [sic]. I want the Director [sic] and the County all the finest in the future.”

He also stated that, “I wasn’t expecting it to be out in the public currently.” In a preceding interview request produced at the time of his becoming hired, he stated that he would need to have the CEO’s approval prior to producing public statements — even though it is by no indicates clear that this is county policy, and county personnel routinely make comments to the press.

Connell was the second particular person hired given that the county government declared the need to have for the position in July, 2017 Kelly Overton previously held the job for much less than 4 months, beginning in February 2018, ahead of taking off for a stroll in the desert in June, 2018, immediately after failing to seem for a substantial board presentation.

The position then remained unfilled for the duration of 2018, till Connell was promoted from his position at Mendocino County’s arranging and creating division.

Asked about the timeline for hiring a new system manager, in a short interview this weekend, Supervisor John McCowen mentioned that, “Under public hiring practices it appears like it normally requires a couple of months.” He added that he is not totally confident that the position would need to have to continue to exist, “I would be incredibly open to suggestions from the division on that…Taking one particular much more higher salary out of the permitting procedure would outcome in becoming capable to reduced the permit costs also, as extended as we’re not losing efficiency. Once more I believe these are all factors that the division has an chance to appear at ideal now.”

Connell began at the county as a creating inspector hired in June, 2017. Connell’s position held a salary grade involving $68,411.20 and $83,137.60 annually Overton’s was set at $80,704.00 to $98,092.80 annually and incorporated an undisclosed, but probably substantial, severance package. 

In the course of Connell’s tenure, a quantity of modifications occurred involving the county’s cannabis cultivation system unit, like a shift from becoming housed inside the ag division, to becoming relocated to the Arranging and Constructing Division. A quantity of personnel modifications have also occurred, like at the agricultural commissioner’s position, a job which has observed substantial turnover given that new statewide industrial cannabis regulations went into impact in 2016.

In additional comments McCowen mentioned, “It’s normally a concern when you shed important individuals, but I think given that we’ve unified cannabis below the Arranging and Constructing Division the system is a lot much more steady and functional. I believe we have a great group in spot and I count on that to continue.” Speaking on the topic of the system much more normally, he added, “I believe there’s definite area to additional streamline…some of the difficulties that individuals are concerned about and the Board is concerned about demands state legislation.”

Reached for comment Supervisor Ted Williams mentioned, “We thank Sean for his tough operate and want him the finest in his subsequent endeavors.”


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