San Bernardino County Seeks Applications for Third District Supervisors Seat

By on November 18, 2018

The normally five-member San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors are looking for applicants to fill the soon-to-be-vacated Third District supervisor’s seat pending the final outcome of the voter count from the Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 election. Current Third District Supervisor James Ramos holds a more than 17 percentage point lead over opponent San Bernardino Councilman Henry Nickel for the office of the 40th Assembly District seat as of the Nov. 15 unofficial Registrar of Voters website report.

If Ramos prevails in winning in the 40th Assembly District, his seat on the county’s Board of Supervisors will become vacant for the remaining two years of his existing term (until 2020). The county is currently accepting applications for the Third District Supervisor’s seat, as of last Wednesday (Nov. 14), through Monday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.  The Third District includes the city of Yucaipa as well as all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas. A detailed map can be viewed at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/BOSDistricts.aspx.

By the voter-approved County Charter, the Board of Supervisors is required to appoint a qualified elector/individual, residing in the Third District and registered to vote 30 days prior to the application period, to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. If this does not occur the responsibility for the appointment transfers to California’s governor. The charter does not specify a process for the board to follow in making an appointment.

A special public meeting was held last Tuesday, Nov. 13 by the Board of Supervisors to discuss the process for filling the likely vacancy on the board. Interviews are slated to begin on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

Applications for the probably soon-to-be-vacated Third District Supervisor’s seat must be submitted to County Clerk’s Office on the second floor of the county administration building at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave. in San Bernardino by the specified deadline and time.