Rich Gordon, a 13-year member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and a resident of unincorporated Menlo Park, was elected president of the board on Jan. 12.
This will be Mr. Gordon's third term as board president. He is serving his final year on the board. Supervisor Carole Groom was elected vice president of the board.
In his prepared comments, Mr. Gordon said that 2010 will be "a watershed year," with possible changes in the county's charter and the difficult budget situation having long-term effects on the county, according to a press release from the county. He noted that the county will have to "change the way we do business" to solve its structural budget deficit and survive additional state budget cuts.
"I believe that we are up to the challenge (of the coming year)," he said. "It is now time to get to work."
Mr. Gordon, a Democrat, is running for the state 21st District Assembly seat in November. The seat is now held by Ira Ruskin, who will be termed out of office at the end of the year.