Comptroller election winner’s qualifications questioned by opponent – YubaNet



The Nevada County Office of Elections released the final June primary election update on Friday afternoon. Uncertified results show Rob Tribble (16,928 votes) ahead of Gina Will (13,967 votes) for the Nevada County Auditor Comptroller position. Also late Friday afternoon, Will’s legal counsel sent a letter to Registrar of Electors Greg Diaz requesting an investigation into Rob Tribble’s qualifications and a delay in certifying the election results.

The letter says, in part:

As you know, according to the latest election results released by your office, Mr. Tribble received over 50% of the vote and will most likely be declared the winner. However, we have serious concerns about whether Mr. Tribble meets the qualifications for the office under state and county law and therefore demand that your office immediately investigate the matter before certifying the election results. .

Letter from Sutton Law Firm requesting an immediate investigation into the professional qualifications of auditor-controller candidate Rob Tribble

The Elections Office released its response to the letter today. It reads, in part:

Although the Nevada County Clerk-Recorder is not an investigative agency, we can provide the California Department of Justice and the Nevada County District Attorney with documents you send us that express your client’s concerns.

Response to Sutton Law Firm by Nevada County Registrar of Electors

The letter goes on to state that Mr. Tribble signed the declaration of candidacy on March 8, 2022. Under section 13.5 of the Election Code, signed declarations such as these are sufficient for the Registrar of Electors to accept the nomination of a candidate.

With respect to your other request, we cannot find any provision in the Election Code that would require our office to delay certification. We plan to certify the election results on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Response to Sutton Law Firm by Nevada County Registrar of Electors

The letter from the Registrar of Electors to the California Department of Justice and the Nevada County Attorney’s Office reads in part:

As our office does not have the authority to investigate this matter, we are forwarding what we have received to your respective offices. When Rob Tribble completed the application package on March 8, 2022, our office provided him with a declaration of candidacy, which includes a statement signed under penalty of perjury stating that the applicant meets the qualifications required by the state and local authorities to the post. On March 16, 2022, we also obtained a signed statement from the candidate outlining how he met the auditor-controller qualifications. Under section 13.5 of the Election Code, signed statements such as these are sufficient for the Registrar of Electors to accept a candidate’s nomination. To our knowledge, there is no provision in the Election Code that we can find that would require our office to delay certification. We plan to certify the election results on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Letter from the Registrar of Electors to the California Department of Justice and the Nevada County Attorney

Gina Will has been Assistant Auditor-Comptroller since July 2020 and Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer of the Town of Paradise for the previous twelve years.

Contacted for comment, Will said: ‘If Mr Tribble is unable to demonstrate his legal qualifications for the office, I will consider other options. I do not dispute the vote count.

Reached for comment on Friday, Tribble said, “I will respond soon, as I did when you asked the question before.” No further responses have been received at the time of publication. His earlier response said, in part:

I have:

MBA from the University of Chicago with a focus on finance and quantitative analysis (2 years)

University of Colorado BS – Economics (3 years)

Freelance consultant for CFOs, investors, etc. Perform CFO and financial analysis related work (last 15-20 years)

Email dated March 18, 2022

Qualifications for the county auditor-comptroller are codified in the state government code:

26945. No one shall be elected or appointed as a county auditor of a county unless they meet at least one of the following criteria:

(a) The person has a valid certificate issued by the California Board of Accountancy under Chapter 1 (beginning with Section 5000) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code indicating the person to be, and a license authorizing the person to practice as a chartered accountant or in the capacity of a chartered accountant.

(b) The person holds a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university, college or other accredited institution, with a major in accounting or its equivalent, as described in subdivision (a ) section 5081.1 of the Business and Professional Code, and has within the last five years held a financial management position in a county, city or other public body, private company or non-profit organization , assuming similar tax responsibilities, for a continuous period of at least three years.

(c) The individual has a certificate issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors indicating that he or she is a designated professional internal auditor, with a minimum of 16 college semester units, or their equivalent, in accounting, auditing or finance.

(d) The person has served as a county auditor, deputy chief county auditor or deputy chief county auditor for a continuous period of at least three years.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1055, Sec. 37. Effective September 30, 2000.)

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