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Holmes selected to chair County supes

By: Staff Report
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The Placer County Board of Supervisors selected Jim Holmes to serve as chairman and named Jack Duran vice chair for 2013.

Three county supervisors, who are starting new four-year terms, took the oath of office. They are Holmes, Jennifer Montgomery and Kirk Uhler. All three were elected to new terms during the June 5 primary election last year.

Placer County Superior Court Presiding Judge Alan Pineschi officiated during the oath-of-office ceremony. 

Duran and Supervisor Robert M. Weygandt are beginning the third year of four-year terms on the board.

For Holmes, the first order of business was recognizing Montgomery, who served as board chairwoman last year.

“It is my great honor and pleasure to present you this plaque recognizing your leadership on the Placer County Board of Supervisors this past year,” Holmes told his predecessor. “You have done it with grace, clarity and dignity, and we appreciate it very much.”

The chairman presides over board meetings, approves final agendas and often represents the county at community events, but generally has the same powers as other supervisors.

Holmes is starting his third term on the board and also served as chairman during 2008. He represents the 3rd District, which includes much of North Auburn and Rocklin and the communities of Ophir, Newcastle and Loomis.

Montgomery is beginning her second four-year term representing the 5th District, which stretches from Auburn to North Lake Tahoe.

Fourth District Supervisor Uhler has completed three terms on the board. He was only 25 years old when first elected to the board in 1992, becoming the second youngest supervisor in state history. He left the board after completing his four-year term in 1996, then returned in 2006 when the board selected him to fill a vacancy created when 4th District Supervisor Ted Gaines was elected to the State Assembly. After completing the remaining two years of his predecessor’s term, Uhler won re-election to a four-year term in 2008, running unopposed. The 4th District includes the community of Granite Bay and part of Roseville.

Duran, a Roseville attorney, represents the 1st District on the five-member board. His district covers most of the city of Roseville and a stretch of unincorporated land that is west of Roseville and just north of the Placer-Sacramento County line.

Weygandt has represented the 2nd District since 1995. His district covers most of western Placer County, including Lincoln, Sheridan, part of Rocklin and part of western Roseville.

In other business four elected officials and department heads were honored. Treasurer-Tax Collector Jenine Windeshausen, who lives in Loomis, was recognized for 25 years of county service, Assessor Kristen Spears and Chief Probation Officer Marshall Hopper were honored for 15 years and Public Works Director Ken Grehm was acknowledged for 10 years of service.