The following is a press release issued by the County of Mendocino
The winter’s first rainbow appeared near the County of Mendocino’s Administration Offices on Monday, January 4th– just in time for the swearing in of the county’s newest Supervisors.
Glenn McGourty, representing the First District, and Maureen “Mo” Mulheren, representing the Second District were sworn in by Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo.
Given the county’s commitment to social distancing, both incoming Supervisors were asked to limit their numbers of guests, and the event was not open to the public. CEO Angelo noted both individuals officially began their terms of office at noon on Monday. They were asked to “solemnly swear” to uphold, support and defend both the California and the United States Constitutions.
McGourty was sworn in first, and following his oath, noted that along with the immense challenges brought on by the pandemic, he has a full schedule of other concerns- noting that cannabis, homelessness, fire and water issues are critical areas for the new Board to address. “Any one of these issues could easily encompass the entire four years,” he noted.
Supervisor McGourty is looking forward to the creation of a strategic plan.
“Strategic plans help to tell us how our government should function. I’m really happy to see this idea coming up for discussion. They don’t have to be too complex, and they help to reinforce what we know, and from there, how to best allocate resources.”
Supervisor Mulheren is excited to bring her experience as a Ukiah City Councilmember to the Supervisor’s Chambers.
“The community is the most important priority,” she noted, adding she intends to utilize social media to stay in touch with her constituents and to encourage civic involvement and engagement.
“I will continue my Thursday morning “Coffee and Conversation” meetings, create an e newsletter and convene another community meeting on the second Sundays of the month,” she explains.
“Particularly, as we move forward into the provision of the Covid-19 vaccination programs, we can’t have too much information. Transparency builds trust,” she concluded.
Despite the small size of the gathering, the attendees were enthusiastic, and CEO Angelo noted she hopes there will be an opportunity for a more fulsome celebration once the coronavirus is under control.