Jacobson given six-month contract as engineer

Longtime Humboldt County Engineer Paul Jacobson was given a temporary six-month contract Monday by the five-member Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, after Board members expressed concerns about Jacobson's ability to work with the public. The Board agreed to review Jacobson's job status on Jan. 1, 2018. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors gave longtime Humboldt County Engineer Paul Jacobson an ultimatum on Monday, improve skills in dealing with the public or else face not being reappointed.
Board members issued strong opinions about Jacobson’s performance on Monday during a review of his yearly contract.
Jacobson elected to have the review in open session, although only one member of the public sat in to listen on the 15-minute review.
Some members of the Board felt Jacobson should be given time to make improvements. Others felt he should not be retained and his contract not renewed.
After much discussion, the Board voted 3-2 in favor of giving Jacobson a six-month contract with a stipulation that he improve his ability to work with the public in matters concerning secondary roads. Supervisors Bruce Reimers, Carl Mattes and Rick Pedersen voted in favor, with Supervisors Dave Lee and Erik Underberg voting against.
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