Coachella Valley Cemetery District to Convene with Full, 5-Member Board of Trustees

News Release


Sep 20

Coachella Valley Cemetery District to Convene with Full, 5-Member Board of Trustees

INDIAN WELLS – The Coachella Valley Public Cemetery District will meet for the first time with a newly expanded board of five trustees.

The board of trustees meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Law Offices of Best, Best and Krieger in Indian Wells, 74-760 Highway 111.

Supervisor V. Manuel Perez will attend and administer the Oath of Office to the board members.

“I was proud to work closely with the Cemetery District to expand the board and also find well qualified people with extensive community involvement and board service to join this board,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “The Coachella Valley Cemetery District is building stronger connections with special district associations and the neighboring Palm Springs Cemetery District to take the district to the next level. I think we’re going to see some great improvements to a cemetery district that is run pretty well overall.”

Formed in 1928, the Coachella Valley Public Cemetery District is an independent special district that serves the public cemetery needs of the district, which spans 3,444 square miles in the Coachella Valley.

Over the summer, at the request of the cemetery district, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors increased the number of members on the board from three to five trustees. Expanding the board was a principal recommendation in a recent Riverside County Civil Grand Jury report.

At the public hearing adopting the change, Supervisor Perez cited that a larger board would be a better mechanism for avoiding potential communication and Brown Act issues of a three member board.

Supervisor Perez appointed Ernesto Rosales and Dr. Bruce Underwood to fill the two newly created seats, as well as John Rios to fill a vacancy. The new members will join Joe Ceja and Marcos Coronel Jr. on the five-member board of trustees.

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