WILLOWS, Calif. - Glenn County District Attorney Robert Maloney and challenger Dwayne Stewart met Thursday night for a voter forum at the Elks Lodge in Willows. About a month remains before voters will decide who will be Glenn County's district attorney.
They both have worked in the Glenn County District Attorney's Office. Maloney has fired Stewart on two separate occasions. The most recent firing happened last week.
The discussion centered less on Stewart's firing and more on whether Maloney has been an effective district attorney. Maloney said he's prosecuted serious cases despite a tight budget and a small staff.
Stewart spoke of his own success in prosecuting domestic violence cases.
The details of Stewart's firing, which he's taking to arbitration, were barely mentioned but both spoke with KRCR News Channel 7 before the forum.
"Anyone who wants to know the details of why I fired him can go to the Board of Supervisors office and read the entire record, all of the testimony, evidence and arguments," said Maloney. "If they want to know why I'm firing him again they can go to the DA's office and get a copy of the investigative report."
"I'll let the public decide. But I've considered it and I think he's dishonest," Maloney added.
"He's lost in every single neutral hearing," countered Stewart. "It's a big smoke screen to get people to not focus on his failure as a leader in the DA's office.
"It's a personality thing," said Stewart. "He's decided not to like me from the get go."
As for the actual firing, the matter is going to arbitration, which is a process that will unlikely be completed before the June 3rd election.