County of Sonoma, California
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Overview

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors sits as the governing board of Sonoma County and of various special jurisdictions such as the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District, the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, County Sanitation Districts, and the Community Development Commission. The Board is composed of five supervisors elected from supervisorial districts for four year terms.

If you do not know which supervisor represents your area, please refer to our district lookup service or contact the Office of the Registrar of Voters at (707) 565-6800 and they will assist you.

The Board normally holds its regular meetings on Tuesdays, beginning at 8:30 a.m. A consent calendar involving routine financial and administrative actions, usually approved by a single majority vote, is normally heard first. A regular calendar with more significant items of special interest follows the consent calendar. The afternoon calendar begins at 2:00 p.m. with Public Comment on Issues not on the Agenda where the public can address the Board on any issue that concerns them. That is followed by public hearings related to a variety of issues such as leases, land use decisions, fees, and vacations of roads.

The Board of Supervisors meets in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 575 Administration Drive, Room 102A, Santa Rosa, California. The phone number is (707) 565-2241 and the fax number is (707) 565-3778. Any member of the audience may address the Board on a matter on the agenda, within time limits at the discretion of the Chair or the Board. Copies of the agenda are available at the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (Room 100A), and also at Public Libraries, Chambers of Commerce, and City Halls throughout the County.

Public Transit Access to the County Administration Center is available through

For further information on how to get there by bus, please call the transit at (707) 576-RIDE or (800) 345-RIDE.

2014 Responsibilities

Chair:
Supervisor David Rabbitt
Vice Chair:
Supervisor Susan Gorin
Chair Pro Tem:
Supervisor Efren Carrillo

As the county legislative body, the responsibilities of the Board of Supervisors are diverse. Board of Supervisors Assignments describes the committee, local, regional and state assignments.

Provide Public Services

A major task of the Board of Supervisors is to manage the public money which comes to the county from property tax, sales tax, fees, and federal and state income grants. The county budget has funds for services such as:

  • Local road construction and maintenance
  • Law enforcement
  • Land use planning and enforcement
  • Open space preservation
  • Local bus service
  • Public health programs
  • Human service programs
  • Regional parks

In addition, the Board of Supervisors manages the county landfill, the public water transmission system which delivers water to cities and several sewage treatment facilities.

Resolve Conflicts

The Board of Supervisors is committed to providing the highest quality service to the public in a timely manner. To insure that the public is heard on issues of concern, the Board of Supervisors provides a forum for problem solving as it relates to government agencies and processes. To meet that goal, the Board also provides information and appropriate referrals to individuals who can resolve conflicts between individual citizens and the county departments.

Promote Citizen Participation in Planning for the Future

Another significant activity of the Board of Supervisors is to plan for the future and include as much citizen participation in the process as possible. To accomplish this goal, the Board of Supervisors has a broad spectrum of advisory boards and commissions who contribute to the planning process.

Any citizen who is interested in serving on a county commission or committee should review the:

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