Mecham to lead board of supervisors
January 5, 2015
A new-look San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, with one fresh face and a new chairman, will take effect Monday around noon.
The board will convene at the county government center at 11:55 a.m. for the swearing in of a pair of supervisors. Newly elected supervisor Lynn Compton will replace Caren Ray, whom Compton defeated in November’s election, and Supervisor Bruce Gibson will take the oath of office a third time for his seat on the board.
Gibson is expected to relinquish the chairmanship of the board after a year-and-a-half stint at the helm.
If the board follows its previous rotation, Supervisor Frank Mecham will become chair, and Supervisor Adam Hill will take over the vice-chairmanship. The board has skirted from its rotation on multiple occasions, though.
The possibility of Adam Hill receiving the vice-chair role could also draw some debate. Two years ago, members of regional county boards objected to Hill receiving leadership positions due to rowdy behavior they said he exhibited.
The board vice-chair often becomes chairman in the following year.
Many observers say Compton’s membership of the board will tip the balance from a liberal to conservative majority. Compton, Mecham and Supervisor Debbie Arnold are each registered Republicans.
Mecham has at times, though, cast swing votes supporting Democrats Gibson and Hill.
The board’s first regular meeting of 2015 will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m.