EL CENTRO â€“ The Imperial County Board of Supervisors had their swearing in ceremony Monday morning of two returning board members, chairman Michael Kelley District 3, and Â Jack Terrazas, District 2, and newcomer Ryan Kelley who replaced Gary Wyatt for the 4th district.
Many jokes were exchanged about the confusion two surnamed â€œKelleyâ€ might cause on the board.
Michael Kelley spoke about the high level of professionalism of county workers. He said the board has made the Imperial Valley the renewable energy center of the world, and created a new tax base.
â€œIt has been an honor to be on board during these exciting times. Â Despite harsh economic times we have had no layoffs and we have balanced our budget. We are very concerned about citizenâ€™s tax money. We operate a â€˜no frillsâ€™ operation. We work very hard to be a positive voice, be fiscally responsible and to give a future to the upcoming generations. It is our desire to make the Imperial County and the world a better place to live for year s to come.â€
Jack Terrazas also spoke about the renewable energy that has come to the valley the past few years and how they will bring the valley better economic times.
Ryan Kelley spoke last. He gave respect to the voters of the 4th district for electing him.
He also mentioned the large contingent of the north end Kelley clan that came to watch the swearing in ceremony.
â€œI am extremely proud to represent my district.Â The north end needs special attention from the county resources. I believe we can decentralize some of our services and create development and direct delivery in the north end, â€œ Kelley said of some of his goals for his district.