After installation ceremonies Tuesday, Jan. 9, I am proud to once again serve as chairman of the Madera County Board of Supervisors for 2018. I had the pleasure of being chair in 2010 and 2014 and consider it an honor to have the opportunity to serve once again.
I would like to thank Supervisor Max Rodriguez for his leadership and dedication to serve as the 2017 chair and I am excited to work with newly elected Pro Tem, Supervisor Brett Frazier.
2018 brings with it a number of challenges and opportunities all of which must be navigated in a way that meets state and federal regulations while prioritizing the needs of county residents. Between the tree mortality epidemic, increasing fire and emergency service needs, new legislation and taxes, maintenance district challenges, and ground water regulations we truly have our hands full.
I would like to reiterate that county government is designed to service as an administrative subdivision of the state and our role is to serve as a buffer between the state and the people while ensuring that state requirements are met.
This can be difficult sometimes as competing interests and needs collide, however, I can not emphasize enough that government works best when area residents are involved and active.
That said, I have decided to once again hold board meetings more frequently, nearly every Tuesday, and with the hard work of staff I am happy to announce that for the first time Madera County will be conducting on-the-road meetings in Oakhurst, Chowchilla and Madera Ranchos.
This is one of many efforts the board is working towards in order to further engage communities and increase transparency.
We hope that this effort, coupled with a new user-friendly website, updating out-of-date equipment, and the creation of an internal public information team will encourage county-community interactions, make accessing services easier for the public, and help us meet our customer service goals.
Finally, I am pleased to share that 2018 marks the 125th Anniversary of Madera County’s independence from Fresno County.
The Quasquicentennial is an opportunity to reflect back on successes, revisit history, and build on the strong foundation provided by our fore fathers to create the best future for the people of Madera County for generations to come.
We will be celebrating the anniversary throughout the year and hope to engage the public and community groups alike to share in this momentous occasion.