The County of San Diego gained additional statewide clout on Dec. 3 with the election of Supervisor Dave Roberts to the position of First Vice President of the California State Association of Counties. The vote in Monterey was part of the association’s 121st annual meeting.
“California’s counties play a major role in the issues that are most critical to the health and well-being of the people we serve,” Roberts said. “Health care, public safety, transportation, the environment and this year we also have effects from the drought to worry about.”
“As First Vice President of CSAC, I am looking forward to working on behalf of all 58 California counties on the things that matter most to people in their daily lives,” he said.
The association represents the interests of county government before the state Legislature, Congress and state and federal administrative agencies. Based in Sacramento, the association highlights the roles of county governments and the importance of the programs and services they provide.
California’s 58 counties vary greatly in size and population – from Alpine County, with a population of 1,200, to sprawling Los Angeles County, where 10 million people live.
Despite their diversity, counties face common issues. The association works to strengthen the fiscal health of all California counties so they can meet the public’s demand for vital public programs and services.
Other San Diego County Supervisors who have held leadership positions with the association include Supervisor Greg Cox, who was CSAC President in 2005, and former Supervisor Leon Williams, who was CSAC President in 1993.
“I am honored to be nominated by the Urban Counties Caucus and elected by my colleagues from across California after just three years in office,” Roberts said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues across the state to ensure that our counties can meet the needs of our growing and diverse population.”