Dennis Townsend, District 5

Supervisor Dennis Townsend represents District Five, which includes Porterville, Springville, Terra Bella, Alpine, Ducor, Camp Nelson, California Hot Springs, Posey, Kennedy Meadows, Ponderosa, Sequoia Crest, and surrounding areas of southeast Tulare County. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2018.

Supervisor Townsend is a licensed architect and owner of Centerline Design & Engineering in Porterville. A graduate of Monache High School, he went on to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Architecture from the College of the Sequoias and graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Supervisor Townsend was employed by Wayne F. Harris and Associates, R.L. Schafer and Associates, and Hobbs Architectural Group before opening Townsend Architectural Group in 2001.

Working and living in Porterville and Springville, Supervisor Townsend is involved in numerous community and volunteer organizations, including the Habitat for Humanity Building Hope in Porterville Board as well as the Man Alive planning board for the annual men’s event. A graduate of Leadership Porterville, he has since served as a sponsor and mentor to the program. Supervisor Townsend has served for several years on the advisory board for Harmony Magnet Academy and as an elder and worship team member at Lighthouse Chapel in Springville. He is a past Porterville Chamber of Commerce Board member and currently serves on the Government Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Springville Chamber of Commerce and was honored by that organization as “Man of the Year” in 2009.

Supervisor Townsend's committee assignments:

  • Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee – Alternate
  • East Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency - Alternate
  • East Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency
  • Foreign Trade Zone Committee
  • Golden State Connect Authority
  • Golden State Finance Authority
  • Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee
  • Lake Success Enlargement Project/Tule River Improvement JPA
  • Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
  • Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy
  • San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority Board – Alternate
  • Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG)
  • Tulare County Transportation Authority (Measure R)
  • Tulare County Water Commission – Alternate
  • Tule River Basin Feasibility Study Group

Supervisor Townsend married his wife Cece in 1982. They were both born and raised in Porterville and currently reside in Springville.


Current term began: Monday, January 2, 2023 at Noon
Current term ends: Monday, January 4, 2027 at 11:59 a.m.

Email Supervisor Townsend
Phone Number: (559) 636-5000

Board Representative: Patrick Burks

Media Contact: Jennifer Fawkes