Swearing-in Remarks as Supervisor Jacob Begins Her 7th and Final Term

January 9, 2017

Thank you, Sheriff, for doing me the great honor of swearing me in. Of course, you would think I’d have it memorized by now.

To you, Sheriff, and to all the men and women in law enforcement, I salute you and thank you for all you do each and every day to keep us safe.

Four years ago I had our fire chief read the oath.  This time the Sheriff.  Maybe it’s true there’s something about a man in uniform.  After all I married a Navy Pilot a few years ago.

I am very excited to begin my seventh term.  There’s still so much to do. So many issues to address… from public safety… to senior care… to improving our parks and roads… to making sure taxpayers are getting enough bang for their buck.

A new generation of leaders will soon sit on this Board, beginning today with the swearing-in of Supervisor Gaspar. We need to make sure they inherit a County government we can all be proud of.

Kristin, I want to welcome you. It’s great having you aboard. I know we all look forward to working with you.

Plus, it’s not just me and boys anymore!

On February 1, I will have the privilege of delivering the annual State of the County address. I will size up how we’re doing as a County, and lay out an agenda to help guide the next 12 months and beyond.

I’ve got some big ideas in the works for 2017. I’m not giving them away now, but I will tell you the title of speech: “Seven in ’17: Seven ways to better serve the public and prepare for the future.”

So, stay tuned.

Since Greg, Ron, Bill and I teamed up on this Board in mid-1990s, we’ve come a long way.

When we came into office, this County was on the brink of bankruptcy. Today, we are considered one of the most fiscally sound County governments in the nation. We’ve made good progress on many fronts, including fire protection, parks, libraries and health services.

But this is no time to just pat ourselves on the back. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and there are always ways to improve.

I want to thank my fellow Board members for their support on so many issues.

Thank you to our Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer and to county employees for their hard work and fiscal discipline.

Thank you to my crackerjack staff… Jeff Collins, Adam Wilson, Bob Spanbauer, Alice Re, Marilu Glassman, Steve Schmidt, Matthew Parr, Taylor Dupont and Victoria Floyd.

Thank you to my husband, Paul, and my son Tom, who is here with his family: Jaclin and Nevada.

Most of all, I want to thank the folks of District 2. You’ve had my back all these years, and I have always tried to have yours.

I am deeply grateful and honored to have your support. I know I’m biased, but you’re the best constituents a supervisor can have.

I again promise to do all I can to live up to your faith and trust in me. Thank you.