Shasta County Executive Officer Matt Pontes may not be able to count Supervisor Patrick Jones among his admirers, but the rest of the board approved the release of a letter of support on Tuesday. It expresses the board’s appreciation in the “leadership, dedication and resolve” Pontes had shown during his 2 years so far as county CEO, and says he’s skillfully led the county through numerous emergencies, including a pandemic, multiple wildfires and drought. The board also offers its full support and confidence in Pontes directing critical projects in the future. Jones was the lone dissenting vote on the letter, which was drafted during a closed session performance evaluation for Pontes. Prior to that, during open session, Jones had spoken up about an embezzlement charge Pontes pled guilty to almost 30 years ago when he was 20-years-old. The rest of the board already knew about it as Pontes had been forthcoming during the interview process when he was hired. Pontes alleges that Jones, unaware that it was common knowledge, had tried to blackmail him with the information.