Politics

Voter fraud charges force acting Northern Calif. Sheriff, ex-Fresno DA investigator, from post

Randy Waltz, the once-acting Sheriff of Del Norte County in Northern California, has vacated his post following charges of perjury and voter fraud levied by the county’s prosecutors.

Waltz, a former Fresno County District Attorney Investigator and member of the Tulare County Sheriff’s office, joined the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office in 2020 as Undersheriff.

He was promoted to acting Sheriff in September via appointment by Del Norte County Supervisors following the abrupt resignation of Sheriff Erik Apperson, McClatchy and the Associated Press reported.

Last week, Del Norte County District Attorney Katherine Micks charged Waltz with perjury, filing false voter registration and false declaration of candidacy.

Each of the charges is a felony in California.

Waltz reportedly listed the the address of a short-term vacation rental as his official residence on voter registration forms filed several days before he turned in candidacy papers to run in the June 7 California primary.

Monday, Waltz tendered his resignation to Del Norte County Chief Administrative Officer Neal Lopez.

Reid Stone is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.