Fontana’s Rutherford is elected to serve as chair of San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

Janice Rutherford of Fontana was unanimously elected to serve as chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Rutherford, who represents the 2nd District (which includes western Fontana), was chosen by her colleagues to be the chair during the next two years, while Gary Ovitt will be the vice chair.

“It is a privilege to be selected to serve as chair,” Rutherford said. “The board has made tremendous strides over the past two years to focus on the County Vision and to restore public faith in county government. I pledge to continue those efforts with the help and support of my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors. I also look forward to reaching out to county employees and listening to their ideas for further progress in the services we provide to residents and taxpayers.”

The board also commended outgoing Chair Josie Gonzales, who is also a Fontana resident, for her two years of service at the board’s helm.

“You have been an outstanding leader and an outstanding mentor,” Rutherford said to Gonzales. “It will be impossible to bring the kind of heart and poignancy to the chairmanship that you did.”

Both Rutherford and Gonzales previously served on the Fontana City Council before becoming supervisors.

The voter-approved county charter requires the board to elect a chair at its first meeting in January following an election of supervisors. The chair serves as the board’s general executive agent by presiding over meetings of the board, signing contracts approved by the board, working with the chief executive officer to set the board’s agenda, taking action on the board’s behalf when action is necessary prior to a scheduled board meeting, and fulfilling any other duties as assigned by the board.

IN OTHER BOARD NEWS, Gonzales reappointed two members of the San Bernardino County workforce Investment Board (WIB), Audrey Matthews and Antonio Myrell, who serve as chairs of the WIB’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and Fiscal Committee, respectively.

“Each of the two individuals chosen have shown an understanding of the economic development within San Bernardino County and will help bring solutions to the challenges our county’s workforce is currently faced with,” said Gonzales in a statement.

The WIB works to craft competitive business advantages throughout the county by capitalizing on industries that already exist.

“Collectively, the WIB has become an effective brain trust that we can count on to produce imaginative and workable answers to the economic problems with the county,” added Gonzales.

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