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County Counsel departs, recognized for service

Outgoing County Counsel Marcos Kropf, left, is presented a framed resolution from Chairman Gary Evans on March 23, 2001, recognizing his more than seven years of dedicated service as the County’s lead attorney. (Pioneer Review photo/Susan Meeker)

The Colusa County Board of Supervisors said farewell last week to the County’s legal counsel, Marcos Kropf, who left Friday to take a position elsewhere.

Marcos Kropf served as the County’s lead attorney since 2013, a position he has held with “professionalism and dedication,” according to Chairman Gary Evans, who presented him with a framed resolution at the board’s March 16 meeting. 

Kropf served as deputy county council for Nevada County prior to accepting a leading role in Colusa County. He received his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1995, and first worked in the private sector defending public agencies in civil rights and employment matters. 

“Mr. Kropf has never shied away from difficult conversations or advising the consequences of decisions,” Evans said, of Kropf’s more than seven years of service to Colusa County. “He has guided the board and county department heads through many complicated, vexing, crucial decisions, as well as helped to develop many streamlined processes and procedures.” 

Although the Sacramento area lawyer joked with the board about once being referred to as an “out-of-town carpetbagging attorney,” Kropf said he had an affinity with Colusa County and was leaving his position for a new endeavor with mixed feelings.

“It’s been a pleasure and an honor to serve this county, this board, and the residents of this community…,” Kropf said. “I feel like I have a connection with this community and its residents, who have been outstanding in treating me like I’m almost a native.”

Kropf’s service in the public sector includes the City of Danville, where he worked as a temporary park worker in 1983, when he was not in school. He also was a student trainee at the Sacramento Police Department in 1985, while he acquired his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento. 

He attended the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and served as a San Mateo police officer before attending law school. 

Evans said in addition to missing his legal counsel, the board would sorely miss Kropf’s impassioned comments about college football and Wisconsin Avenue. 

Former Interim Human Resource Director David Prentiss, also an attorney, has agreed to step in as interim county counsel while the board seeks Kropf’s replacement.

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