By Laura Haefeli

SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) — Sacramento County’s CEO is under fire as county department heads are calling on him to step down. They say county executive Navdeep Gill created a culture of racism, sexism, and bullying within the county government.

Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye is among other county officials who signed a letter alleging Gill has fostered a dangerous atmosphere that prevented officials from protecting Sacramento County from the pandemic.

“I just felt that the truth needed to be known,” Dr. Kasirye said.

The two-page document says Gill has a pattern of targeted abuse at women, especially women of color.

“Being yelled at and being demeaned and isolated and being left out of important decisions,” Kasirye said.

credit: Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

It also claims Gill is creating barriers for the public health team to do its work and has a history of underinvestment in public health, slowing down the county’s response to the pandemic. 

“I did request that we declare a health emergency. He reminded me he was in control of the resources and that he could take this whole thing over. It does impact our ability to do our job,” Kasirye said.

Information sent to CBS13 from Gill’s office claims the county has allocated $72 million in coronavirus relief fund money and approved $16 million in grants to combat the pandemic. But County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy says it’s not clear where the money has gone.

“He handled the whole CARES Act funding for COVID-19 very poorly and then following that, he showed a disregard for a seriousness of the situation by holding a meeting with 40 department heads where none of the protocols were followed,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy said one person tested positive for coronavirus after that October meeting.

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“It’s a complete disregard for rules that the county itself has established,” Kennedy said.

He echos the claims in the letter that allege Gill’s office is not following public health protocols like wearing masks.

“I would like to see his resignation,” Kennedy said.

 

In a statement to CBS13, Gill said, “I categorically deny any allegations of wrongdoing and cannot comment further as it is a personnel matter.”

Kennedy says if Gill chooses not to resign he could potentially be fired if four out of the five-county board members make that decision.

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Comments (2)
  1. TroofTeller says:

    “Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye is among other county officials who signed a letter alleging Gill has fostered a dangerous atmosphere that prevented officials from protecting Sacramento County from the pandemic. “I just felt that the truth needed to be known,” Dr. Kasirye said.” (Here comes the truth you asked for)

    If anyone should resign it should be her. She has bolstered the covid hoax and damaged the public and local economy. Her medical license should be revoked due to incompetence and refusal to adhere to basic virus transmission facts. We are supposed to believe a pandemic exists, however grocery stores stayed open, transit, cabs, mail, UPS, Fed Ex, interstate trucking, inter alia, big box retailers and blood donations. If a real pandemic existed NONE of the aforementioned would have been possible. It is a psy-op designed to empower the ruling class and control the public, cut and dried. This “doctor” should be removed from her position and prosecuted for criminal conspiracy. She has a lot of nerve, especially after assisting others in destroying the economy and lives of good, decent people and business owners. She need to go back to Africa, where she is from, and practice medicine there….additionally, in Africa there was no covid “pandemic,” imagine that, and the president of Tanzania tested a fruit, a rabbit, and a pheasant, they all tested positive for covid. It is a hoax. The tests are rigged, the game is rigged.

    1. Karen Helps Humanity says:

      Put on a mask and cover your mouth. We dont care that it is a hoax. We have a right to be scared if we want to. We dont need local businesses or human interaction. As long as we have the TV and fauci we will be fine. So what if there is no pandemic, we dont care. We like being victims and scared. I spend each day cleaning, washing my hands, disinfecting my mouth, mopping with bleach and alone. I heard the virus can be transmitted via phone so I dont talk on it either. We dont need thanksgiving, christmas, jobs or any social contact because we are doing our part to save humanity from the virus, so what if people are starving, its for the public good. Put on a mask and cover your mouth, and stay away from grandma’s house. Get under your bed with lysol, a mask, gloves, a face shield, and join the sane world. Keep your windows and doors taped up, humanity is counting on you. Put on a mask and cover your mouth!!!

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