I was honored to have been unanimously elected by my California county supervisor peers to serve as President of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) at the Annual Conference in San Francisco earlier this month.
CSAC, which celebrated its 125th anniversary at our early December conference, represents the state’s 58 counties while working with the California Legislature, administrative agencies and the federal government. The organization strives to educate the public about the value and need for county programs and services.
I am truly humbled and honored to serve as the 2020 CSAC President. I, along with my fellow officers, want to create an atmosphere where not only our constituents understand our role, but we can also work with our local, state and federal governments to advance some of the critical issues every county is facing, like homelessness, mental health services, court security, and more.
I'm pleased to have served in multiple roles with CSAC over the past two years, including as leader of the Urban Caucus, Second Vice President in 2018, and First Vice President in 2019. As a result, through my hard work and commitment to the organization and our 58 counties, I am now proud to be the 2020 CSAC President.
As part of my presidency, I will launch my “Driven to Serve” campaign to educate the governor, legislators and other stakeholders about county governance and the important, critical work county supervisors do. The campaign will showcase the vital work counties do each day and will allow counties to tell their stories clearly, concisely and effectively.
My plan also includes building deeper relationships between the urban, suburban and rural caucuses to find common ground, enabling counties to work together as a cohesive team. To start that initiative, I and First-Vice President James Gore will be attending the Rural County Representatives of California installation ceremony next month.
With the County of Orange delegation that attended my CSAC President swearing-in ceremony.
I hope to move CSAC toward a strong focus on the representative supervisors, relying on their leadership and on-the-ground expertise to address the concerns that stretch across county borders. I also look forward to working closely with all 58 counties to ensure the many services we provide for our respective constituents are carried out and protected. For more information, see the OC press release or visit the CSAC website.