Former County CEO Lands Job At Sierra Pacific Industries

Matt Pontes has a new gig. Pontes, who resigned his position as the CEO of Shasta County following his dust up with Supervisor Patrick Jones, has been named as the new Director of Wildfire and Fuels Management for Sierra Pacific Industries. In a press release, SPI Ceo Mark Emmerson said that Matt will guide the companies work in wildfire suppression and resiliency efforts using his experience from both the public and private sectors. Pontes, who holds a BA Degree in forestry and Natural resources management, grew up near Willows and took the job as County CEO following his tenure as the Assistant CEO of Santa Barbara County. He has also worked for Alpine Land Management of Redding. He resigned his Shasta County position after Patrick Jones called for a performance review. The rest of the board gave Pontes a positive vote of confidence.