Supervisors pick Jacob as chairwoman

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday named Supervisor Dianne Jacob as its chairwoman for a fifth time since being appointed in 1992.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob “I plan to outline several initiatives that I believe will help serve as a roadmap in 2014,” Jacob said, “We face an exciting and challenging year on several fronts.”

Jacob, who will be in charge of running meetings over the coming year, represents a district covers most of the East County including the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Poway and Santee. She is currently serving her sixth term on the board.

Supervisor Bill Horn, who represents most of the North County, was picked as vice chairman.

The board’s newest supervisor, Dave Roberts, who represents areas from Encinitas to Escondido to northern San Diego, was chosen as the board’s chair pro tem.

Before handing over the title to Jacob, outgoing Chairman Greg Cox highlighted some of the board’s accomplishments during his year-long term. County finances, he said, were sound under a nearly $5 billion budget. Cox said the board’s financial discipline enabled it to open a new registrar of voters complex, a parking garage under the County Administration Building and branch libraries in Lincoln Acres and Lemon Grove.

Cox said he was happy to have helped streamline the county’s adoption process, which resulted in the placement of 25 of 45 children available for adoption. The county also supported programs that help the homeless, grandparents raising their grandchildren and veterans.

“Today, at the dawn of the new year, I’m very proud to look back and say that 2013 was a very good year for the County of San Diego,” Cox said.

Last year, Dave Roberts became the first new member of the board since 1995, and the county hired Helen Robbins-Meyer as its chief administrative officer.

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