San Andreas, CA — After stating that he wants to move the county in a forward direction, the Calaveras County Supervisors formally appointed Rick DiBasilio as Sheriff.
At today’s meeting, DiBasilio told the Supervisors, “My intent is to move this county in a forward direction and make the Sheriff’s Department better, not that it is bad, but make it better than it already is and continue to move forward. Citizens are number one and are the priority. Gary Kuntz had the best motto in the world, ‘community first,’ and I still stand by that motto.”
DiBasilio noted that he has been living in the county since 1978 and has no plans to leave. He will remain the Sheriff through at least 2018 and would need to run for election to retain the seat after that period.
There will be a formal swearing in ceremony for the new Sheriff DeBasilio this Thursday. He will be sworn in by Captain Jim Macedo who has been leading the department since Kuntz’s death. Macedo, who resides outside of Calaveras County, did not apply for the position. A requirement is that the Sheriff must reside in the county.
The late Sheriff Kuntz passed away October 29 of a heart attack.