Hiring of former Mono CAO Jim Leddy under fire in Sonoma County

Former Mono County Administrator Officer Jim Leddy is coming under fire in Sonoma County after a newspaper there published reports from The Sheet weekly newspaper in Mammoth Lakes.

Jim Leddy

Jim Leddy

The headline in the Press Democrat reads “Sonoma County official Jim Leddy rehired amid sex harassment inquiry” and goes on to detail some of Leddy’s alleged actions in the “brief tenure” as Mono County administrator.

Leddy told the Press Democrat, “It’s a personnel matter, and I’m not going to talk about it.”

The Press Democrat reported Sonoma County officials say they did not know that Leddy, described as a fixture in North Bay government and political circles for two decades, had been accused by a 29-year-old female subordinate of a wide range of inappropriate behavior in Mono County.

Leddy was hired in May to serve as a special projects director for Sonoma County’s Community Development Commission.

The Press Democrat report says that, “neither the woman nor her attorney would comment on the allegations. In her complaint, the office manager claims Leddy engaged in harassing behavior soon after he arrived in Mono County on June 10, 2013. Before that, Leddy had worked in a number of governmental roles in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, most recently as a deputy county administrator.”

The Press Democrat notes the sexual harassment allegations were first reported by The Sheet, published by Ted Carlton.

The Press Democrat story says after the Nov. 27 news report (written by Mike Bodine) about the allegations, the story quickly made the rounds among political insiders in Sonoma County, the story says, where Leddy was a Santa Rosa City Schools board member from 2001 to 2008.

The story continues, “He ran for the state Assembly in 2004, and in 2008 became the county’s community and government affairs manager, a post that doubles as county spokesperson. By the time he left in 2013, he was a deputy county administrator.”

The Press Democrat says Sonoma County officials said they learned of the events in Mono County only after reading the November report in The Sheet.

The Press Democrat story says ,”when Leddy first arrived in Mono County, the woman who later filed the complaint was not yet the manager of the County Administrator’s Office. Initially she was a fiscal technician making $38,520 per year. Leddy would promote her to office manager 16 months later, resulting in a $16,000 raise.

“During nearly that entire period, the woman would later claim, Leddy regularly sexually harassed, annoyed and intimidated her, the report says.”



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6 Responses to Hiring of former Mono CAO Jim Leddy under fire in Sonoma County

  1. Force Ten January 5, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

    Mono County current CAO was the Auditor for Inyo County during the Alleged 1.5 million dollar embezzlement scandal.
    Just sayin?

  2. Break the chain January 5, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    Finnaly with the hiring of local Leslie Chapman as CAO Mono County may stop setting itself up as just a stepping stone.

    Jim Leddy took the step from being an assistant CAO to being hired as Mono County’s CAO in search of bigger and better. Big city management has been tried and tested in the big city. We as a rural community have unique challenges that our Board of Supervisors as elected community residents should be aware of. We need to learn to be satisfied with being ourselves and stop letting outside forces tell us they are better.

    In the game of politics Jim Leddy made his experience appeal to us “country folk” but as is becoming evident that was all shine and no polish. His actions regarding his office manager, if proven, might give creedence to the old addage about the one “thing” that cannot be polished!

    Mono County is pushed and pulled by State and Federal regulation, let that be enough! With our own unique challenges a local CAO will understand those challenges and hopefully direct her energies toward those rather than her next job opportunity.

  3. Eastern Sierra Local January 5, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Funny how the accuser was promoted by Leddy outside of standard civil service hiring policy; I always wondered how a 29 year with virtually no qualifications was promoted so quickly in so little time and the position was never advertised.

    • Mono Person January 5, 2016 at 5:48 pm #


  4. Mono local January 4, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    Mono county is like a sinking ship hopefully more of the upper management will leave. So the new CAO can get things right. Mono still has no HR no Risk management. And the moral is in the dump.

    • Maureen McClain January 5, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

      That’s really too bad. When people get a position in their community they feel connected and valued. But when the manager they work for show poor judgement, and some kind of agenda only they are aware of, the same people begin to feel less secure, and confused. It is really sad for the people in Mono that hired on, that show integrity and commitment.


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