During Saturday's Elk Grove mayoral forum, Elk Grove City Council Member Sophia Scherman asserted that the recruitment of the California Correctional Health Care Services and its 1,500 jobs was not the work of her electoral opponent and council colleague Gary Davis.
While Davis was unable to respond to Scherman's claims during the forum, he has pushed back.
During the forum Scherman said it was Roy Herburger of the Elk Grove Citizen, Louie Pappas and herself who contacted the state to bring the agency to Elk Grove, not as Davis claimed it was cold call he made to the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS).
"Regarding the cold call to get the state agency to come to Elk Grove, that cold call was made by our publisher of the Elk Grove Citizen longer than four years ago," Scherman said without specifically naming Roy Herburger. "He put it into the newspaper that he was talking to to the corrections department. So it not something that just came up all of a sudden."
Scherman went on to say that "He [Herburger] was working on it very diligently because I know because I was part of that plan and so was Mr. Pappas."
While Davis was unable to respond during the forum, subsequent to a story posted on this site, Davis has pointed out that the CCHCS, which is in receivership because of a Federal Court order, is not under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections.
The CCHCS was formed in 2005 following a 2001 class action lawsuit and the DOC's subsequent failure to follow the original settlement orders.
In a message to EGN, Davis stated that the two agencies, DOC and CCHCS, are "two entirely different subdivisions." While Davis was unable to point to an exact time when Herburger wrote about recruiting the agency, he believes it was in the early 2000's.
"It was definitely the DOC he was talking about," Davis said. "The Prison Health Authority wasn’t even around."
The Elk Grove Citizen and Scherman have not responded to requests seeking comment on the matter.