The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) elected its officers for 2011 at the association’s 116th Annual Meeting held in Riverside County November 16 – 19, 2010.

Riverside Supervisor John Tavaglione will serve as President of the organization for the coming year. Also elected were Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan as First Vice President and Del Norte County Supervisor David Finigan as Second Vice President. The officers were sworn in on Thursday November 18.

“Day in and day out, or members see the growing need for local services that residents deserve. The association’s role in protecting those residents has grown dramatically as state budget problems have worsened, “Tavaglione said. “It is my privilege to help continue that work as CSAC’s president.”

Tavaglione has been the group’s First Vice President for the past year. He is a member of the CSAC Board of Directors and Executive Committee and has served on a number of ad hoc committees and as the association’s treasurer. 

CSAC represents county government before the California Legislature, administrative agencies and the federal government.  The association places a strong emphasis on educating the public about the value of and the need for county programs and services.

California’s 58 counties range in population from little more than 1,200 people in Alpine County to more than 10 million people in Los Angeles County.  Despite that diversity, many common issues exist. CSAC’s long-term objective is to significantly improve the fiscal health of all California counties so they can adequately meet the demand for vital public programs and services.