EL CENTRO – The Imperial County Board of Supervisors reorganized Monday morning during the regular board meeting, electing Jesus “Jack” Terrazas as chairman and Michael “Mike” Kelley as Vice-Chairman of the Board for 2016.
Terrazas replaces Imperial County Supervisor Ryan Kelley who served as Chairman for 2015.
“I look forward to serving as Chairman of the Board for the upcoming year,” said District-2 Supervisor Jack Terrazas. “I am committed to continuing the current momentum we have with the Salton Sea and other plans that we’ve started with our strategic plan.”
“We have a very devoted board that works hard for the County of Imperial,” said District-3 Supervisor Michael Kelley. “We don’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. It’s a pleasure serving on this board and I’m proud to be a part of this board to do what is right for the County of Imperial.”
Outgoing chairman Ryan Kelley took the opportunity and announced his candidacy for re-election as District-4 Supervisor in the up-coming elections and updated the community of goals completed and/or provided updates for those pending during his term.
“It’s been an honor and pleasure to serve as the Chairman of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors,” said District 4 Supervisor Ryan Kelley. “We have a great board which I’m proud to be associated with. We were able to work together to make a better county, represent ourselves in a better fashion and we’re in a better position today. Imperial County is now speaking up for the community.”
Outgoing chairman Ryan Kelley was presented with certificates of recognition by representatives from the offices of Senator Ben Hueso, Congressman Juan Vargas, and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia in addition to words of appreciation and admiration from board members.
“I want to commend Chairman Ryan Kelley for doing such an outstanding job in his leadership performance for the Board of Supervisors,” said Supervisor Michael Kelley.
“I would also like to commend Supervisor Ryan Kelley who, during his leadership, took the lead on many issues, but specifically the Salton Sea,” said Jack Terrazas. “After attending last week’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.”
“You (Ryan Kelley) did a commendable job in 2015,” said D-5 Supervisor Raymond Castillo. “Sometimes it’s the little things that count, for example the display in Sacramento and the County flag that will symbolize our community. So much has been accomplished, I’m glad these happened during your term.”
“This last year was really epic,” said D-1 Supervisor John Renison “When I joined five years ago the board wouldn’t speak to one another and boy have we come a long way. We’ve accomplished so much this past year. This board has demonstrated through your leadership how we can reach out and work together with other people in the county to show we are on the same page. In 2015 you (Ryan Kelley) have set the groundwork for things we will do this year. Thank you for the great job.”
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors reorganize yearly during the first week of the new year.[envira-gallery id=”70608″]