District 2 Supervisor John Loudon will hang up his spurs on Thursday, the last official day he serves as a member of the Colusa County Board of Supervisors.
He will be replaced on Monday by Daurice Kalfsbeek Smith, who was elected to fill his seat on Nov. 3.
Loudon was appointed to the Board of Supervisors by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 6, 2014, to fill the unexpired term of Tom Indrieri, who moved from Colusa County. He was reelected to a second full term in 2016, and chose not to seek a third term, despite being one of the most popular and well-liked officials in Colusa County history.
Loudon was greatly respected by other elected officials, county department heads, and employees, and the admiration went both ways.
“I can’t believe the quality of people that Colusa County has,” Loudon said. “I was always very appreciative of that.”
Prior to holding elected office, Loudon was already a familiar face in the community. He previously served five years on the Colusa County Planning Commission and served on the Board of Directors of the California County Planning Commission Association for three years.
Loudon has been an active member of the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce and the Colusa Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2441 for many years.
Although he chose not to accept his rotation to become Chairman of the Board, because of his strained voice, Loudon gaveled the adjournment of the board’s last meeting of the year on Dec. 15, after being presented with a proclamation from Chairwoman Denise Carter, on behalf of the board, honoring his dedication and leadership to Colusa County.
Gov. Brown, who lives in the foothills west of Williams, called in to the Zoom meeting to congratulate Loudon on his retirement, and to thank him for his service and his dedication to the community and citizens of Colusa County.
“John has always been a good friend and a good human being, but he has been a great supervisor,” Brown said.
Loudon, 74, graduated from Colusa High School and Yuba Community College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He spent 25 years as a corporate executive before he returned to Colusa. He owned The Refuge restaurant for 12 years.
As Supervisor, Loudon served on the Mental Health Advisory Board for the entire time he was in office.
He was also the first local elected official to become a California Credentialed County Supervisor, after completing the requirements in 2015 of the California State Association of Counties Institute.
Loudon served on numerous committees during the six years he was on the board, including the Colusa County Community Development Block Grant Committee and the Regional Housing Board.
Loudon was also a regular at Colusa City Council meetings, and attended most community events held in his district.
“Supervisor Loudon is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to the Energizer Bunny,” said Supervisor Gary Evans.
Supervisor Merced Corona, who was elected to the board in 2018, said Loudon was not only a top-rated public servant but an all around great individual.
“John has been one of my mentors,” Corona said. “He has always made himself available when I needed something. He’s always been approachable, and, as a human being, he’s always a joy to be around.”
Because of COVID-19, Loudon did not receive a retirement party. Instead, Board Chairwoman Denise Carter presented Loudon with a framed copy of the proclamation, and the group quickly stood together for one last photo.
“The Colusa County Board of Supervisors extends their sincere appreciation to Supervisor John Loudon for his service to the Board of Supervisors for the past six years,” Carter said. “We wish him much more time for golf and his family.” ♣