The CBS affiliate in El Dorado County, California, expressed surprise when it reported that County Sheriff John D’Agostini stripped agents of the U.S. Forest Service of their law enforcement powers in his county. Wrote D’Agnostini:
I take the [standard of] service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County and the visitors to El Dorado County [which includes Lake Tahoe] very seriously, and the style and manner of service we provide.
The U.S. Forest Service, after many attempts and given many opportunities, has failed to meet that standard.
The writer covering the story, Laura Cole, asked a law professor, John Myers, if D’Agostini could actually get away with this. Said Myers: “It looks to me as though the sheriff can do this.”
This isn’t the first time D’Agostini has written such a letter.