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Outgoing Colusa County Board of Supervisors Chair, Denise Carter, accepts a gavel plaque from incoming chair Gary Evans as the board’s annual reorganization of leadership on Jan. 5. § © pioneer review • January 13, 2021

District 4 Supervisor Gary Evans will serve as chair of the Colusa County Board of Supervisors in 2021. 

Evans was unanimously selected at the board’s first meeting of the year on Jan. 5. 

Evans last served as chairman in 2018. 

The board last week selected District 1 Supervisor Merced Cornon to serve as vice chair, in what will be his first official leadership roll. 

Evans was first elected to the board in 2008, and has served on various committees, including 18 months in often contentious deliberations with the City of Colusa to reach the recently approved tax share agreement related to the annexation of Colusa Industrial Properties. 

Evans also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sites Reservoir Authority, whose purpose is to build a $1.3 billion offstream water storage facility in the foothills west of Maxwell. 

Evans, who is the most vocal on the board against government overreach, became well known throughout the North State in May for openly opposing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s onerous restrictions on the Constitutional rights of Colusa County citizens. 

In May, Evans convinced the board to take formal action to abstain from enforcing any coronavisurs guidance or orders that infringe upon a citizen’s rights, including the governor’s March 19 stay-in-place order. 

Evans replaced District 5 Supervisor Denise Carter, whose year serving as the official voice for the board was dominated by COVID-19. 

“It has been a challenging year,” Carter said, after the transition. “We saw our efforts change – our priorities change.”    

Carter was appointed to the board in 2008 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and reelected three times. She has mostly dedicated her duties to flood protection, and leads the Colusa Groundwater Authority. 

Since March, Carter has spent much of her time working with County Administrative Officer Wendy Tyler and County Counsel Marcos Kroph on issues related the coronavirus. 

The board on Jan. 5 also welcomed new District 2 Supervisor Daurice Kalfsbeek Smith, who will take over the committee appointments previously held by John Loudon. 

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