HR Director of Plumas County in Hot Water, Facing Three Felonies


Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister filed a three-count criminal complaint against Nancy Louise Selvage. The charges result from a lengthy investigation prompted by the 2022-23 Plumas County Civil Grand Jury report. The investigation involved interviews with over fifteen current and former employees and public members, a thorough review of documents, and Board of Supervisors meetings. The allegations center around a 43% pay raise that Selvage negotiated and recommended for herself on May 24, 2022, while serving as the HR Director for Plumas County.

It is alleged that Selvage skewed information in her favor. The Grand Jury report indicated that the HR department claimed to have used a 10-county average to determine fair pay, yet only 8 of those counties were considered. Without oversight, the Board of Supervisors approved the increase under the assumption it was based on the 10-county survey comparison.

The felony violations Selvage faces stemming from this allegation are Conflict of Interest, Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, and Preparing False Documentary Evidence.

If convicted, Selvage could go to jail for up to four years and four months, disqualification from holding any office in California, restitution, and forfeiture of retirement rights and benefits from the time of the alleged crime.

Selvage is scheduled to surrender on the warrant today, anticipating booking and citation.

Her court appearance for arraignment on the pending criminal complaint is set for December 1, 2023.