Today, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors held elections for a new chairman and vice- chairman during the Boardâ€™s regular meeting. In addition to the elections, each board member reflected on outgoing Chairman Ryan Kelleyâ€™s accomplishments during his leadership the previous year.
The Board elected Supervisors Jack Terrazas and Michael Kelley to serve as the chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, for 2016.
â€œI look forward to serving as Chairman of the Board for the upcoming year,â€ said District 2 Supervisor Jack Terrazas. â€œI am committed to continuing the current momentum we have with the Salton Sea and other plans that weâ€™ve started with our strategic plan. I would also like to commend Supervisor Ryan Kelley who, during his leadership, took the lead on many issues, but specifically the Salton Sea. After attending last weekâ€™s Water Board Workshop, I feel that it is one of the first times that the State and others throughout the state are actually listening to us.â€
â€œWe have a very devoted board that works very hard for the County of Imperial,â€ said District 3 Supervisor Michael Kelley. â€œWe donâ€™t always agree, but we always have open minds in our conversations to be able to work with each other. I also want to extend congratulations to Mr. Terrazas, our incoming chairman, who will do an outstanding job as chair. Itâ€™s a pleasure serving on this board and Iâ€™m proud to be a part of this board to do what is right for the County of Imperial.â€
During the meeting, Supervisor Ryan Kelley reflected and shared some closing remarks with the public.
â€œItâ€™s been an honor and pleasure to serve as the Chairman of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors,â€ said District 4 Supervisor Ryan Kelley. â€œI had a good board to work with who encouraged me to continue moving forward. We were able to work together to make a better county, represent ourselves in a better fashion and weâ€™re in a better position today.â€
Additionally, each of the board members took time to make remarks and commend Supervisor Ryan Kelley, on the leadership he provided during his chairmanship.
â€œHe did a commendable job in 2015,â€ said District 5 Supervisor Raymond Castillo. â€œItâ€™s the little things that matter, like the county display in Sacramento and the county flag that will Â symbolize
our community. So much has been accomplished during his chairmanship and I want to thank himÂ for his leadership.â€
â€œLook at what weâ€™ve accomplished and the groundwork that was set last year for years to come,â€ said District 1 Supervisor John Renison. â€œThis board has demonstrated through his leadership how we can reach out there and work with other agencies to achieve our goals.â€
After remarks were made by each of the board members, outgoing Chairman, Supervisor Ryan Kelley was presented with certificates of recognition by representatives from the offices of Congressman Juan Vargas, Senator Ben Hueso, and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.
If you wish to listen to the audio recording of the board meeting, visit the Imperial County Board of Supervisorsâ€™ audio archive from their website.