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Supervisor Efren Carrillo expected to return Tuesday

  • Supervisor Efren Carrillo attends his first Board of Supervisors meeting after his July arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (KENT PORTER/ PD)

Beleaguered Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo alerted his board colleagues that he would return to public duties Tuesday, more than five weeks after his arrest.

Carrillo made a series of phone calls to fellow members of the Board of Supervisors throughout the day Monday saying he planned to attend their 8:30 a.m. meeting Tuesday.

It would be Carrillo's first public appearance since his July 18 court date. He was arrested July 13 on suspicion of prowling and burglary.

Carrillo, 32, promptly entered a treatment program for what his close advisers have said is an alcohol problem. Prior to Monday, the second-term supervisor had not given any indication of when — or if — he would return to county business.

Several supervisors said they were disappointed by the abruptly planned appearance — at a meeting with a light agenda where only three other supervisors will be in attendance.

Supervisor Shirlee Zane called Carrillo's sudden return to public office a “distraction from our official business.”

“I'm not happy about that,” Zane said.

Carrillo's reemergence comes three weeks after his board colleagues publicly condemned the conduct that led to his arrest. He faces a rising tide of opposition from his sharpest critics, some of whom have called for him to resign and vowed to recall him if he does not.

Supervisor David Rabbitt, chairman of the board, said Carrillo called him Monday morning and the two had spoken. Based on their conversation he said he expected Carrillo to be at Tuesday's board meeting.

“As far as I know, he's coming back,” Rabbitt said.

Carrillo did not return calls or text messages for comment.

Supervisor Susan Gorin said Carrillo left a message at her home that he would attend the meeting and hoped to meet with the supervisors for a few minutes privately beforehand.

“I'm about ready to tell him a few minutes will not suffice. He's going to have to make an appointment,” said Gorin, who has been perhaps the most outspoken in her disappointment in Carrillo's alleged behavior.

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