Board of Supervisors
Board member Committee Assignments for 2017 click here:
CLERK TO THE BOARD
Pictured from left to right are: Craig Pedersen, Doug Verboon, Richard Fagundes, Joe Neves & Richard Valle
DISTRICT 1Joe Neves
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, Auditor-Controller, Clerk-Recorder, District Attorney, Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator, and Treasurer-Tax Collector. The Board appoints the County Administrator, Clerk of the Board, most department heads and members of many advisory boards and commissions.
Individual Supervisor Functions
Board meetings are only a part of the work of the members, who must attend dozens of other types of meetings, listen to suggestions and complaints of county residents, participate in a variety of civic activities, and investigate and resolve a wide assortment of problems. They are called on to meet with elected representatives and officials of other government agencies.
Supervisors also belong to the San Joaquin Valley Supervisors Association (SJVSA), the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and many other state and federal special committees which promote county interests.
A county supervisor may serve in other capacities on various boards, commissions, or special districts. State statute authorizes, and in some cases mandates, that various services or functions be carried out by entities other than the Board of Supervisors. Some of these entities include:
Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
Kings County Association of Governments (KCAG)
Air Pollution Control Districts (UNIFIED APCD)
Joint Powers Authorities (KWRA)
Kings Area Public Transit Agency (KAPTA)
Housing Authority of Kings County
Board of Equalization
California Public Finance Authority
The roles and functions of these entities primarily relate to planning for future development and the associated services needs (e.g., water, sewer) and impacts (e.g., air quality, housing, etc.). Board members serving on one or more of these entities may find themselves making decisions on a variety of issues from regional planning to establishing spheres of influence for new cities or special districts within the county.
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. or 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 Items: 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 a written form. 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. However, legally you may submit written material up to and including the time of the actual public hearing.