MADERA — Board of Supervisors Chairman Brett Frazier, of District 1, passed the gavel to fellow (District 2) Supervisor Dave Rogers Tuesday morning at the board’s annual reorganization, which takes place at the first meeting of the new year.
Rogers officially assumed the chairman’s role for 2020.
District 3 Supervisor Rob Poythress became chairman pro-tem.
District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler is scheduled to serve as board chair in 2022.
District 4 Supervisor Max Rodriguez is retiring this year and an election will take place in the spring to determine Rodriguez’s successor. Supervisor Rodriguez missed Tuesday’s morning meeting. New Chairman Rogers reported that Rodriguez was in ill health and asked those in the audience to keep the long-serving supervisor in their prayers.
The board starts 2020 with a number of significant challenges, including hiring a new chief administrative officer.
Eric Fleming, who served as Madera County CAO for nearly a decade, resigned suddenly last month and the county is currently conducting a nationwide search for a new CAO. Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Darin McCandless has been appointed to temporarily fill the CAO position.
Later today at the afternoon session of the supervisor’s meeting, which starts at 1 p.m., another new hire — the director of the county’s human resources department — is expected to be announced.