In a meeting that marked the beginning of the new year, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors convened to select the leadership for 2024 at their Jan. 9 meeting. Supervisor Luis Plancarte, representing District 2, was chosen as Chairman, making this his final year in office. Joining him in this role will be Board Vice-Chairman John Hawk.
Supervisor Hawk said that the county has been very proactive in fixing the county roads which will allow the movement of goods and safety for the residents.
Supervisor Plancarte has been a dedicated representative of Imperial County’s Second District since his election in November 2016. As he moves into his final term in office, Plancarte will be substituted by a woman next year since three women are running for his position. It will be the first time in more than 30 years that the County Board of Supervisors will have a woman as part of the board.
Away from politics, Plancarte’s influence extends into Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Resources, and Personal Development. Acknowledged as a reputable Businessman, Entrepreneurial Trainer, Educator, and Transformational Life-Career Coach, he is also recognized for his role as a Socio-Civic Leader.
Plancarte’s commitment to community service traces back to the 1970s when he began as a Police Explorer and Boy Scout. His current involvement with non-profits, chambers of commerce, and other community-building organizations reflects a longstanding dedication to the betterment of Imperial County.
Known for his consensus-building skills, fairness, honesty, transparency, and accessibility, Supervisor Plancarte brings a wealth of experience to the Chairman position, ensuring a steady hand at the county’s helm.
The outgoing Chairman, Ryan Kelley, who represents District 4, has a long history of civic engagement. Kelley said that this year has been a very active one where the county was successful in working on lithium development and working to improve the salary structure of county employees. A lifelong resident and third-generation member of the Imperial Valley, Kelley’s journey began as an Eagle Scout with Troop 22, Boy Scouts of America. His commitment to the community led him to the position of Exalted Ruler of the Brawley Elk’s Lodge #1420.
Kelley’s career includes serving as an Imperial County and Brawley Firefighter, a Paramedic, an Imperial Valley College Instructor, and the Imperial County Emergency Medical Services Administrator. His tireless efforts in firefighting, emergency medical services, and education have contributed significantly to the well-being of the county.