Supervisor Pete Vander Poel III serves as Tulare County Supervisor representing District Two, which includes the City of Tulare, the communities of Allensworth, Alpaugh, Earlimart, Pixley, Teviston, Tipton, Waukena, and surrounding rural areas. He was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, re-elected in 2016, and again in 2020.
Supervisor Vander Poel was born and raised in Tulare County, where he now lives happily with his wife Ashley and three children Pete John, Emmilene, and James. He was educated in the Tulare public school system, graduating as a Valedictorian from Tulare Union High School. He then went on to graduate Cum Laude from the College of Honors University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Accounting. During college, Pete was in a serious car accident in Tipton in March 2004, which resulted in Pete being in a coma for 10 days. The doctors’ prognosis was not good, but to everyone’s surprise he fully recovered, missing school while undergoing six months of rigorous therapy. In the fall of 2004 he returned to UCLA and picked up right where he left off, ultimately graduating on schedule.
Prior to his election to the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Vander Poel worked full-time as a tax consultant, a financial analyst, and then a company controller.
Supervisor Vander Poel represents the Board of Supervisors on the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Government Finance & Operations Committee; the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Health & Human Services Policy Committee; First 5 Commission; the Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging Governing Board; the Tulare County Association of Governments; the Tulare County Employees Retirement Association Board; Greater Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency; Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO); the San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority; and the Tulare County Transportation Authority (Measure R).
He serves as Chairman to the City of Tulare Redevelopment Oversight Board; Chairman of the Tulare County Audit Committee; and Chairman of the Tulare County Water Commission.
Supervisor Vander Poel is committed to helping make Tulare County a better and safer place. Please feel free to contact Supervisor Vander Poel with any questions.
Supervisor Vander Poel’s e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number: (559) 636-5000