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 Townsend Architectural Group in Porterville. A graduate of Monache High School, he went on to earn an Associate of Arts in Architecture from the College of the Sequoias and graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts 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, Townsend is involved in various community and volunteer organizations. He is a past Rotary President and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. A graduate of Leadership Porterville, he has since served as a sponsor and mentor to the program. Townsend has served for several years on the advisory board for Harmony Magnet Academy and provides mentoring, lecturing, critiques, interviews, and internships to the Academy of Engineering students. Townsend has served as past President of the Sierra View Foundation, raising funds and advocating for the Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville.
Supervisor Townsend continues to serve on the Habitat for Humanity Building Hope in Porterville Board as well as the Man Alive planning board for the annual men’s event. He also serves 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. His company, Townsend Architectural Group, was honored by the Chamber as the “Small Business of the Year for 2017”. He is also a member of the Springville Chamber of Commerce and was honored by that organization as “Man of the Year,” in 2009.
On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Townsend serves on the following committees: East Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency; Foreign Trade Zone Committee; Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee; the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO); Lake Success Enlargement Project; Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG); Tule River Basin Feasibility Study Group; the Tulare County Transportation Authority (Measure R); and he was most recently selected for the San Joaquin Valley Policy Council.
Supervisor Townsend married his wife Cece in 1982. They were both born and raised in Porterville and currently reside in Springville.