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Posted on: January 3, 2023

Seven Nevada County Elected Officials Sworn into Office

Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Natalie Adona signs her Oath of Office

Today, seven Nevada County elected officials were sworn into office, including District 3 and District 4 Supervisor, Sheriff, District Attorney, Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters, Assessor, and Treasurer/Tax-Collector.

Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd in the Board Chambers, Board Chair and District 4 Supervisor Sue Hoek deemed 2023 the “Year of the Heart.”

“May we have the courage to reach out with kindness, compassion, and integrity. May the fruits of our labor yield gratitude and generosity. Let’s live on that for 2023,” Hoek said.

Sue Hoek, District 4 Supervisor

Sue Hoek was sworn in for her second term as District 4 Supervisor, representing the communities of Lake Wildwood, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Spenceville, unincorporated areas along Highway 20, south down to the Perimeter Road area, and the McCourtney Road / Retrac Way area.

Learn more about District 4 and sign up for Supervisor Hoek’s monthly newsletter at  

Lisa Swarthout, District 3 Supervisor

Lisa Swarthout was sworn in as District 3 Supervisor, elected to replace Dan Miller after his retirement. Swarthout previously served on Grass Valley City Council and was a local business owner in downtown Grass Valley.

“I would not be standing here today without the support of my friends and family,” said Swarthout. “I concur with Supervisor Hoek. Let’s make this the year of the heart. I collect hearts and I’m going to bring my collection to my office to remind me that every decision I make needs to come from the head and the heart.”

District 3 includes the Brunswick Basin, Cedar Ridge, the City of Grass Valley, Squirrel Creek, and the La Barr Meadows / Allison Ranch Road neighborhoods.

Learn more about the Board of Supervisors and Board Meetings at

Shannan Moon, Sheriff

Sheriff Shannan Moon was sworn in for her second term as Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator.

The Sheriff’s Office provides Law Enforcement and Animal Control services in the unincorporated areas of the county. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office acts as the Coroner and Public Administrator, houses incarcerated persons at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility and Truckee Jail, provides Court Security in Nevada City and Truckee, as well as providing Dispatch Services and Coroner Services for the entire county. The office also maintains an Evidence/Property Unit and operates Animal Control with Animal Shelter services contracted to Sammie’s Friends.  

Learn more about the Sheriff’s Office at

Jesse Wilson, District Attorney

Jesse Wilson was sworn in to his first term as District Attorney, after being appointed by the Board of Supervisors to fill the vacant position in July 2021.

The District Attorney’s Office reviews investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies, participates in joint investigations or, when appropriate, conducts their own investigations; initiates criminal proceedings and prosecutes felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases; and pursues the civil commitment of Sexually Violent Predators, Mentally Disordered Offenders as well as the Civil Forfeiture of profits derived from criminal enterprise.

Learn more about the District Attorney’s Office at

Natalie Adona, Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters

Natalie Adona was sworn in to her first term as Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters, following Greg Diaz’s retirement. Adona served as Nevada County’s Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters before being elected to the position.

The Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters Office has two divisions, the Clerk-Recorder Division and the Elections Division. The Clerk-Recorder Division is responsible for the processing and maintenance of official records and vital records (defined as Birth, Death, and Marriage records), and the Elections Division prepares and conducts federal, state, and local elections in accordance with the California Elections Code, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and other applicable laws and regulations. Elections operations consist of campaign and candidate services; vote-by-mail, voter center ballot, and sample ballot processing; warehouse/drayage operations; vote center services; and voter registration and outreach.

Learn more about Clerk-Recorder at and Registrar of Voters at

Rolf Kleinhans, Assessor

Rolf Kleinhans was elected to his first term as Assessor, following the retirement of previous Assessor Sue Horne. Prior to being elected Assessor, Kleinhans was the Chief Fiscal and Administration Officer for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

The Assessor is both the manager of the Office and the administrator responsible to annually establish property values for tax assessment rolls.

Learn more about the Assessor’s Office at

Tina Vernon, Treasurer/Tax-Collector

Tina Vernon was sworn into her fourth term as Treasurer/Tax-Collector.

The Treasurer/Tax-Collector’s Office has two divisions, the Treasury Division and Tax Division. The Treasury Division is a State mandated function and is responsible for providing financial and investment services to all county departments, special districts and county schools. The Tax Division is responsible for the accurate and effective collection of the secured, unsecured and supplemental taxes levied in compliance with the California Revenue & Taxation codes and the collection of the Transient Occupancy Tax and Cannabis Business Tax.

Learn more about the Treasurer/Tax-Collector’s Office at

Judge B. Scott Thomsen swears in Jesse Wilson, Tina Vernon, Sue Hoek, Shannan Moon, Natalie Adona Sheriff Shannan Moon adminsters the Oath of Office to District 3 Supervisor Lisa Swarthout and Asses


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