New Chairperson of San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
(Best Syndication News) The Board of Supervisors (BOS) took a vote on Tuesday and unanimously elected Supervisor Gary Ovitt as Vice Chair and Janice Rutherford as Chairman of the Board. Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzalez has been the Board Chair for the past two years.
Rutherford, whose second district encompasses parts of Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, and the mountain resorts, called the election a privilege. “The Board has made tremendous strides over the past two years to focus on the County Vision and to restore public faith in County Government,” Rutherford said.
“I pledge to continue those efforts with the help and support of my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors. I also look forward to reaching out to County employees and listening to their ideas for further progress in the services we provide to residents and taxpayers.”
Ovitt expressed a similar sentiment. “I am honored in the trust my colleagues have placed in me, and I look forward to assisting Chair Rutherford and working with my colleagues on the Board, our county staff, and the public to achieve our goals and continue to make the county a great place to live, work, and play,” the supervisor said.
As Board Chair, Rutherford’s signatures will appear on the contracts approved by the BOS. She will also preside over the meetings and is the Chief Executive Officer of the largest county in the United States. While San Bernardino only has 2 million residents, the county spreads-out over 20,000 square miles.
Lawmakers and public officials have been working on a County Vision. The plan will incorporate the needs of a growing population and 24 municipalities from Needles to Upland. Besides planning for the future, Rutherford and the board will be dealing with a tight fiscal situation.
By: Nicole Wilson