This month was my last month as the Chairman of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. Just to be clear, while stepping down as the Chairman, I have yet to complete my term as the District II Supervisor which runs through 2024.
I’m reflecting on my year leading this Board of Supervisors. In 15 years of service, I’ve had the privilege of serving as the Chairman three previous times. I’ve always felt it was an honor and a privilege to serve in this position. The most obvious duty is to serve as Chairman at each of our regular and special meetings throughout the year. My first thought is that my colleagues' roles as Chairperson in the previous three years, especially with COVID, had a much more difficult time. My term, in comparison, has been quite smooth. For that I thank the citizens of our county for bringing respect and civility back to our chambers.
The role as Chairman does give you some privileges as to what will come to the Board for approval. The Chairman reviews each meeting and determines what will be placed on the agenda and whether the item comes forward for a presentation or is simply put on the “consent” (non-controversial, multiple items passed in a single motion) agenda. One of the Chairman’s first responsibilities of the year is to run the annual Planning Session for the current years. What is determined to be the County’s priorities, agreed upon by a consensus of the Board, are the primary subjects that will come to the Board that year. Our priorities often are areas that may always be a part of County government and our communities. Fiscal and Core services stability, Emergency Services, Broadband, Climate Resilience, Housing and Homelessness are subjects that are addressed, and have been priorities for a number of years. This year we added two new priorities by adding Economic Development and Recreation.
One of the most satisfying projects completed during my term was the approval of the Greater Higgins Area Plan. Approval of the plan was due to the dedication of our newly formed Municipal Advisory Council (MAC). The Council was made up of residents living in the Greater Higgins Area or were strongly influenced by the plan. With approval of the plan, I was able to extend the time of the MAC to be through the remainder of my term. The makeup is being broadened to encompass the entire District II and is now being utilized as a body for projects to be viewed by the public before reaching the Planning Commission phase of approval.
As Chairman, I was able to represent the County at multiple community events. I particularly enjoyed Armed Forces Day and look forward to it next year at the county airport. I also was honored to present a resolution to Nevada County’s Teacher of the Year to Anne Perdue. It was a special night for me since Anne is my neighbor and I know how dedicated she is to her school and her profession.
Agenda Review before each meeting, budget sub-committee, audit committee, capital facilities, monthly Mayors and Managers meetings, County Counsel and CEO updates, and working with our Clerk of the Board fitting our agendas into a meeting format are some examples of assignments that are the responsibility of the Chairman and often the Vice Chairman. I’m happy to be relieved of these duties; however, at the same time I know I’ll miss the opportunity to work closely with the people that make me proud to be serving as the Supervisor for District II.
Supervisor Hardy Bullock has served as my Vice-Chair and I’m confident he’ll be elected our new Chairman. Hardy represents his District very well, and I’m looking forward to watching him serve the entire County as Chairman of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors in 2024.