MADERA COUNTY — Last night, at a monthly Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Supervisor Tom Wheeler, a longtime serving board member, was entrusted by his peers with a 4-0 vote (one absent) to serve as the 2018 Chair.
LAFCO is an autonomous agency that is responsible for coordinating logical and timely changes in local government boundaries and to implement the applicable provisions of State law.
Established in each of California’s 58 counties, LAFCO is charged with discouraging urban sprawl and encouraging orderly formation of the development of local agencies based upon local conditions and circumstances.
This honor adds to the list of leadership positions in which Supervisor Wheeler current serves. Not only is he the Madera County Board of Supervisor 2018 Chair – a position he has held three times during his elected service – he also currently serves as the 2017/18 Chair for the Integrated Region Water Management Group (IRWMG), and as President for the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council, a leadership position he has held since elected to office.
His leadership roles are diverse ranging from an ad-hoc water organization, a regional non-profit, and other non-governmental organizations.
Supervisor Wheeler has a track record for holding leadership positions, even before he was elected to office. At the age of just 28, he was voted onto the board of the North Fork Grammar School, then Sierra High School, and later the Chawanakee Unified School District board.
Other boards on which Wheeler currently serves include but are not limited to; the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation Strategy (YARTS), the Sierra National Forest Resource Advisory Committee, and the San Joaquin Valley Regional Association of California Counties.