By Michael P. Neufeld
San Bernardino, CA – For the past two years, Third District Suoervisor James Ramos has chaired the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, Ramos handed the gavel to First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. Lovingood has served as vice chairperson during Ramos’ tenure as chair.
Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman was selected as vice chairperson during the board’s annual reorganization.
The voter-approved County Charter requires the Board to elect a Chairman at its first meeting in January following an election of supervisors. According to the Charter, the Chairman serves as the Board’s general executive agent by presiding over meetings of the Board, signing contracts approved by the Board, and working with the Chief Executive Officer to set the Board’s agenda.
CHAIRPERSON ROBERT LOVINGOOD
“I want to thank my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors for their support in electing me as Chairman,” Lovingood said.
“We have a strong Board of Supervisors and I look forward to building on that cooperation with the Board, the Chief Executive Officer and County staff,” Lovingood added after accepting the gavel from Ramos.
VICE CHAIRPERSON CURT HAGMAN
Following his selection as the new vice chairperson, Hagman stated:
“Honored to receive the nomination of Supervisor Josie Gonzales for Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
“Thank you Board for your faith in me. I promise to lead by example and faithfully serve our wonderful county to the best of my abilities.”
OUTGOING CHAIRPERSON JAMES RAMOS
Supervisor Ramos — who represents the Big Bear area — issued the following statement:
“For two years, I have had the honor to serve the County of San Bernardino as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
“The County is in a better position than it has been in the past. I feel proud to have chaired a Board that has led with integrity.”
“I wish the very best for our next Chairman, Supervisor Robert Lovingood. I look forward to working with him and the rest of the Board to build upon the progress we have made together.”