Rogers will chair county board of supervisors

District 2 Supervisor David Rogers will be appointed chairman of the Madera County Board of Supervisors during a ceremonial swearing in Jan. 6, in the board’s chambers in Madera.

Rogers won reelection in June, and in January begins his fifth year on the board.

“I am honored and humbled that the constituents of District 2 want me to continue in my present position,” Rogers said. “I look forward to representing all of Madera County as chairman of the board during 2015.”

Prior to being elected to the board, Rogers served on the Chowchilla City Council from 1991 through 1998. He also served two terms as mayor.

As a county supervisor, Rogers sits on numerous committees and organizations, including Rural County Representatives of California, California State Association of Counties, National Association of Counties, California Prison Facility’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Elected Department Heads Negotiation Committee, Fresno/Madera Board of Supervisors Joint Meeting Committee, Fresno-Kings-Madera Regional Health Authority Commission, High Speed Rail Task Force, and Madera County Utilities Special Committee.

At a recent board of supervisors meeting, the drought and water supplies were discussed, including the proposal to place water meters on private, which has received the loudest public criticism. Rogers said more than once during this meeting that meters were approved, beginning in 2015, for new wells and existing wells requiring deeper drilling; other existing wells are not impacted.

Again, wells that are drilled deeper, are new, or acquire a larger pump are considered rehabbed or expanded. Because of this, they would require meter installation.

Even well water meters will not force taxation or increase cost to users according to water usage until a standard for groundwater usage is created for land use across the county, which can take years.

Outside of public office, Rogers has served his community as Cub Scout Master, baseball coach, convalescent home volunteer, he is an ordained minister and was board member of the Central California Ministries, Inc., was a board member of the Chowchilla Athletic Foundation, has spoken for Rotary, Lions, Veterans, American legion, NRA, the Madera County Tea Party, and various churches and civic organizations. He is also director of the Central California Men’s Choir, and has been honored by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow, the organizations highest award.

In addition to serving his community and county, Rogers is an avid outdoors-man who enjoys big wall climbing, scuba diving, fishing, hunting, backpacking and sailing. He is also an accomplished pianist.

District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, elected to his third term in November, was the 2014 board chairman.

- Madera County