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Stein Resigns CalCo Seat; Headed To State Post

The Calaveras Enterprise reports that Supervisor Paul Stein has resigned his seat on the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors to accept a position as chief deputy director of the state Department of Fish and Game.

Stein, of West Point, decided not to seek re-election last spring to a third term as District 2 supervisor. Steve Wilensky, an apple farmer from Glencoe, won Stein´s seat Nov. 2 and will be sworn in in January.

Stein, 52, said he applied for four positions after working on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger´s campaign, including director of Fish and Game. In January, the governor appointed Loris “Ryan” Broddrick of Gold River to that post, but Stein remained hopeful he would get his chance to serve with the governor he so admires.

“Obviously (working on the campaign) played a big role,” Stein said. “They knew when I was campaigning I had a keen interest in wanting to be part of the team if he was successful.”

During the supervisors´ meeting Monday, County Administrative Officer Tom Mitchell announced Stein was leaving and read his letter of resignation into the record.

Stein was not there Monday. He was on his way to begin his first day on the job in Sacramento where he´ll be officially sworn in. Stein will make $109,380 a year.

“I´ve known about it for some time,” Stein said Monday morning. “I was not able to say anything until the governor makes an announcement. The official notification was Friday afternoon.”

“He will be missed,” Supervisor Lucy Thein said. “He did a good job. I miss him already.”

Read more of this story from The Calaveras Enterprise web site.