Josie Gonzales, Robert Lovingood and James Ramos officially began new four-year terms on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors following oath of office ceremonies at the County Government Center in San Bernardino on Dec. 5.
Gonzales began her fourth and, under term limits, final term on the Board of Supervisors representing the 5th District, which includes the cities of San Bernardino, Colton, Rialto and eastern Fontana and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.
Gonzales, a former member of the Fontana City Council, was first elected to the board in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008, 2012, and again this year. She ran unopposed in the election in June. She served as board chair from January of 2011 until January of 2013.
During the ceremony, Gonzales spoke of the progress that county government has made in a number of areas during her time in office and said, "Today, we can speak with honor about transparency and having a common goal," giving credit to the level of teamwork under which the current Board of Supervisors operates.
Lovingood began his second term on the Board of Supervisors representing the 1st District, which includes the cities of Hesperia, Adelanto, Victorville, Apple Valley and Needles and many unincorporated communities.
Ramos started his second term representing the 3rd District, which includes the cities of San Bernardino, Highland, Redlands, Loma Linda, Grand Terrace, Colton, Yucaipa, Big Bear Lake, Barstow, Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley and many unincorporated communities.
Gonzales, Ramos, and Lovingood join Supervisors Curt Hagman and Janice Rutherford in leading a public service organization of more than 22,000 employees working in dozens of agencies, departments, and divisions that provide a diverse array of vital public services. Those services include public safety, economic development, aid to the needy, infrastructure construction and maintenance, elections, parks, museums, libraries, airports, and a variety of healthcare services.