Supervisor Ashley to Serve as Steward for the Fourth District
RIVERSIDE – Supervisor Marion Ashley will provide supervisorial oversight of Riverside County’s Fourth District until Gov. Brown acts on the vacancy created by this week’s passing of Supervisor John J. Benoit, Vice Chairman John Tavaglione announced Thursday.
By serving in this acting role, Ashley will help allow county business to continue uninterrupted and to advocate on matters of importance to Coachella and Palo Verde valley residents. Benoit’s staff will continue to manage district operations and help Fourth District residents with county matters.
Ashley, who has represented the Fifth District since 2002, filled in for the Fourth District for a few months following the death of Supervisor Roy Wilson in 2009 and for the Third District when then-Supervisor Jeff Stone was elected to the state Senate in 2014.
Tavaglione said Ashley’s appointment is effective immediately and will be made official Jan. 17 at the Board of Supervisors’ first meeting of 2017. The Board’s regularly scheduled meeting for Jan. 10 has been canceled to accommodate Benoit’s funeral.
In addition to serving as chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Benoit represented the Fourth District and Riverside County on two regional air quality boards, public transit agencies and a number of other boards. At the Jan. 17 meeting, the supervisors will vote to fill the posts of Board chairman and vice chairman and approve supervisors’ appointments to these various boards, committees and commissions.