Enough already!

Initiative to limit county officer terms gets go-ahead

Sponsors of a state initiative to place term limits on county district attorneys, sheriffs and assessors have received permission from the state to start collecting voter signatures to qualify it for the November general election. The law would limit these offices to no more than three consecutive four-year terms.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey was elected in 1990 after being appointed to the job in 1987. He’s faced challengers only three times in his six runs for office, most recently in 2010 when he ran against Sacramento DUI attorney Lance Daniel. Ramsey has not yet announced his political intentions for 2014.

Sheriff Jerry Smith, who was elected in 2010, announced in December that he was retiring after 36 years with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. He has endorsed Undersheriff Kory Honea for the job.

Assessor Fred Holland, who was appointed to the position in 2011, is running against challenger Alan Petersen.