Supervisor Tom Woodhouse was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and resisting arrest on Friday, October 28. Rumors have been floating for weeks that he was suffering from behavioral health issues and he has not attended Supervisor meetings for over two months. If the rumors have any truth it punctuates the need for a local behavioral health facility and the passage of Measure AG & AH (See our show with Sheriff Tom Allman and Sonya Nesch).
This circumstance creates several quandaries, in addition to the need for a local behavioral health facility. It does illustrate that the Mendocino Sheriff Department does not play political games by giving special treatment to a county official. It appears the report, the charges and actions taken were exactly what any citizen can expect given the situation.
Mendocino County needs to have a fully functioning Board of County Supervisors. Woodhouse was the other member on the ad-hoc Cannabis Committee with Supervisor McGowan (see our cannabis measures show) and Supervisor Hamburg recuses himself on cannabis, so 3 people will make these decisions at a critical time. He was an important advocate to dismiss Ortner from their expensive Behavioral Health contract, which they were not fulfilling. It also leaves the Board with potential 2-2 votes which may really stall the decision making process.
Today, at the Board of Supervisors meeting, it was confirmed the Supervisors have no role in this matter. My research indicates the only option is a citizen recall election, which doesn’t seem likely since people won’t want to kick a nice guy when he is down and it’s a long, complicated process. If a Supervisor leaves office midterm, the Governor chooses the successor. So hopefully either Supervisor Woodhouse gets better quickly or he resigns soon.