SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Louis Fuentes to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, representing District I. “Louis’ extensive experience and involvement in Imperial County make him the right person for this position,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “He is a dedicated public servant and I am confident he will continue to do an excellent job representing his community in this new capacity.”
Fuentes served as mayor of Calexico from July 2008 to July 2009 and was elected to the Calexico City Council in 2006. Since 2004, he has owned and operated Becerril Air, an international air conditioning company. Fuentes was the president and chief executive officer of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation from 2001 to 2005, a loan officer for Marina Mortgage from 1999 to 2001 and assistant sales manager for the Andrew Smith Company from 1994 to 1997.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to represent the people of Imperial County in this new capacity,” said Fuentes. “I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to address important issues facing our community.”
Fuentes, 34, of Calexico, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in development studies from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $51,069. Fuentes is a Republican.
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors is the elected body representing the people of Imperial County. There are five districts that elect the five-person board of supervisors. District I represents the city of Calexico.
Pursuant to California Government Code § 25060, the Governor has the appointing authority to fill a vacancy on a county board of supervisors until the next general election cycle. The appointee of the Governor must be an elector of the district which he/she will represent for 30 days immediately preceding the appointment and reside in the district during his/her incumbency. The appointee will hold office until the election and qualification of a successor with such election to be held at the next general election unless the term would expire in January following such general election. When a vacancy continues from the failure of the person elected to succeed the appointee to qualify for office, the Governor’s appointee holds for the unexpired term.
The District I seat of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors currently has a vacancy due to the resignation of Victor Carrillo.