Supervisors elect new Chairman of the Board, swear-in for another term

Supervisors Steve Worthley and Mike Ennis being sworn in by Judge Bret Hillman

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors elected a new Chairman on Tuesday, selecting District Four Supervisor Steve Worthley to the top position. During Tuesday morning’s board meeting, Chairman Worthley was also sworn-in for another four-year term, along with District Five Supervisor Mike Ennis.

“A new year brings new challenges and opportunities to Tulare County,” said Chairman Worthley. “Serving as the 2015 chair, I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board, our able staff and the good folks of our county to move the county forward- rebuilding and retooling local government to meet the needs of a changing society.”

Supervisor Worthley replaces District Three Supervisor Phil Cox, who served as Chairman in 2014. Supervisor Ennis was selected to serve as Vice Chairman. Each member of the Board of Supervisors performs the duties as chairman through a rotation process. The chairman is charged with setting and running weekly meetings and attending functions on behalf of the Board, among other additional duties.

During the meeting, Supervisor Cox passed a new gavel to Chairman Worthley, and later delivered a wrap up speech for 2014. Supervisor Cox highlighted programs and projects the County initiated in 2014 and expressed his appreciation to his colleagues, County Administration, all County Departments and their employees for their work during his tenure as Chairman of the Board.

“I’m proud to say that we ended 2014 on a strong note,” said Supervisor Cox. “We entered the new year with a strong, balanced budget and I’m happy to say that all of our projects are fully funded. I know the Board will continue to accomplish great things in 2015.”

Vice Chairman Ennis also took a moment during the meeting to thank the community for its support of him throughout the re-election process. “It’s an honor to have been re-elected as the District Five Supervisor,” said Ennis. “I look forward to the next four years and to the opportunity to make our County a better place to live for all residents.”

Chairman Worthley also announced that he will deliver the annual State of the County address at the Board of Supervisors 9 a.m. meeting on Tuesday, January 13.