DeMartini designated Chairman to Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
Jan 09, 2014 | 1387 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
West Side representative Jim DeMartini has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors for 2014 as of Tuesday, Jan. 7. The Board of Supervisors also designated Supervisor Terry Withrow as the Vice Chairman during their regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

As a District-5 representative, De Martini has been a regional leader of the West Side for nearly a decade through his farming and government efforts within Stanislaus County. His district-wide representation is bordered within Crows Landing, Grayson, Westley, the City of Patterson, the City of Newman and portions of the City of Ceres.

DeMartini said it was accustomed for the board to rotate the position of Chairman every year in order to promote stability throughout the different districts within Stanislaus County. As Chairman, DeMartini will regulate weekly meetings for the Board of Supervisors, as well as moderate controversial issues should they escalate during those respective meetings.

“Wherever you go, the chairman represents the county, and you need to keep that in mind at all times,” said DeMartini. “You have to run an orderly meeting and be sure that everyone who wants a chance to speak will have a fair chance at being heard. We have a fair policy for everything.”

DeMartini will also act as a representative of Stanislaus County while visiting other counties, committees, or districts outside Stanislaus, and will provide a County-wide State of Address on Jan. 28. On Monday, he proposed that his speech would encompass the need for a county-wide property sales tax for county roads, and the need for a priority spending plan. Most importantly, DeMartini also relayed that his main concern for 2014 was to see county and city-wide relationships strengthen over the course of the year.

“That is really where our focus needs to be,” said De Martini. “We have to work together if we are ever going to have a transportation text.”

Big plans are also in the works for the community’s West Side, which De Martini attributed to Crows Landing’s formal Navy Air Base, which he hopes to see become an airport and industrial park with more than one developer in the works.

DeMartini has a long history in farming and includes more than 1,000 acres of farmland in which he grows walnuts, peaches, grapes, and almonds. He has also served on a number of committees, including the Airport Advisory Committee; Agricultural Advisory Board; Alternate on the CSAC Board of Directors; Central San Joaquin Valley Foreign-Trade Zone Advisory Board; Economic Development Action Committee; Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors; General Plan Update Committee; Local Agency Formation Committee (LAFCO); Retirement Board; San Joaquin Valley Supervisors Board of Directors; San Joaquin Valley Supervisors Endangered Species Committee and the Stanislaus County Disaster Council. He is also a member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, and the Ceres, Newman and Patterson Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24, or brooke@pattersonirrigator.com.

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