1400 W. Lacey Blvd
Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 852-2362 phone
(559) 585-8047 fax
Board member Committee Assignments for 2020 click here:
CLERK TO THE BOARDCatherine Venturella
Pictured from left to right are: Craig Pedersen, Doug Verboon, Richard Fagundes, Joe Neves & Richard Valle
DISTRICT 2Richard Valle
DISTRICT 3Doug Verboon
DISTRICT 4Craig Pedersen
Kings County is a "general law" county, which means the county governmental structure is determined by the State Constitution and State General Law. The Board of Supervisors is the governing body for Kings County and many county special districts. Each of the five members of the Board is elected on a non-partisan basis to a four-year term.
Their terms overlap: two are elected during presidential election years and three during state general election years. Board members begin their terms at the first meeting in January, at which time they choose a new chairman. The Board has a status similar to a board of directors of a large corporation in that it sets policies and depends on the County Administrator, county officials, and department heads to carry out its wishes. The Board of Supervisors has administrative, legislative and quasi-judicial duties and responsibilities prescribed to it by the California State Constitution and Statutes.
The Board performs its administrative role when it sets priorities for the county. The Board is assisted in its administrative responsibilities by the County Administrative Officer who is delegated broad responsibilities in the fields of budgeting, including recommending an annual budget to the Board, control of budget expenditures, and overseeing the general day-to-day business functions of County government.
Major legislative duties include adopting ordinances on a wide range of subjects, adopting resolutions for the purpose of setting policy and providing for its administration, approving formal contracts, setting employee salaries, adopting budgets and establishing fees for service, adopting an annual budget, and holding public hearings on a variety of matters.
The Board exercises its quasi-judicial powers primarily by holding hearings and deciding appeals from actions taken by administrative departments of the county such as land use decisions and questions regarding property value. Additionally, in this role, the Board of Supervisors may settle claims made against the county and may examine and audit the accounts of county officers as they relate to the management and disbursement of funds.
The Board has control of the budget and manpower of departments headed by elected officials, but operational control lies with those officials which include: The Assessor/Clerk-Recorder, District Attorney and Sheriff. The Board appoints all other department heads, including the County Administrative Officer, the Clerk of the Board, and members of advisory boards and commissions.
Individual Supervisor Functions
The duties of the Kings County Board of Supervisors are as follows:
Board Meeting InformationWeekly public Board meetings are held Tuesdays starting at 9:00 a.m. The meetings are held in the Board Chambers, located on 1400 W. Lacey Boulevard, Administration Building No. 1, Hanford, California. An agenda is prepared on the Friday prior to the next Tuesday's meeting. All meetings are open to the public, and residents are encouraged to attend. Click here for specific agenda information, or contact:
Clerk, Board of Supervisors at (559) 852-2362.
The business of the Board is conducted publicly each Tuesday in the Board Chambers of the Administration Building in Hanford, the County Seat. Public hearings are usually set at 10:00 a.m. Board of Equalization hearings are held at 2:00 p.m.
Public Requests: If you have a matter which you wish to place before the Board of Supervisors, you may contact the Clerk of the Board Office either by mail, phone, or e-mail.
Public Presentations: Persons desiring to address the Board on any matter not on the Agenda, and that is within the jurisdiction of the Board, may do so under the UNSCHEDULED portion of the Agenda. Speakers are limited to five minutes. No formal action will be taken by the Board regarding this portion of the agenda other than to make a referral to county staff for review or action.
Board Member Announcements: This portion of the meeting is reserved for Supervisors to present to other Board members and to the public, information, announcements, and items that have come to their attention. The Board will take no formal action on this portion of the agenda.
Hearings: Proponents and opponents may address the Board. The most effective manner of communicating your thoughts to the Board on public hearing matters is by submitting comments in writing. The Clerk of the Board should receive written communications no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday of the week prior to the board meeting so that the information may be reproduced and provided with the Agenda packets so that the Board consider the comments prior to the meeting. However, legally you may submit written material up to and including the time of the actual public hearing.