Shasta County has appointed a new Veterans Service Officer following the sudden and unexpected departure of Mac McCraw in December. Local veterans advocate groups were upset and suspicious due to the historically contentious nature of the V.S.O. position in Shasta County, but County Chief Executive Officer Larry Lees told us last month that Mac returned from his Christmas vacation in the southeast and submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately. Mac indicated in the letter that he had accepted a job offer, but didn't say the nature of the job. Dave Lanford served in the position on an interim basis until Thursday's announcement that Tommy Key has been appointed. Key is a North Carolina native who served in the Air Force for 25 years. He received a number of awards, including Wing Airman of the Year and First Sergeant of the Year.