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SACRAMENTO, Calif. January 13, 2021 – Today, Mono County Supervisor Stacy Corless was installed as the Chair of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), a service organization that champions policies on behalf of its 37 member counties. Supervisor Corless will lead the advocacy organization throughout 2021. 

In early December, Nevada County Supervisor Dan Miller was elevated by his peers to serve as First Vice Chair of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC).  On January 13th, Supervisor Miller took the Oath of Office as administered by Representative John Garamendi (D-Yolo County) as part of the 2021 Officers of RCRC.

“I am honored to have been selected by my colleagues from counties across the state to lead RCRC this year,” said Supervisor Corless. “We all hope that in 2021 we can put the pandemic behind us and focus on a number of other critical issues for rural counties and all Californians. The top priority for RCRC is wildfire prevention, mitigation, and the process of rebuilding communities after unprecedented devastation and loss. The Mountain View Fire that destroyed homes and took a life in the community of Walker in northern Mono County this past November is a recent reminder of why we must urgently seek a comprehensive approach to wildfire policy.”

“I am excited to continue my role in helping to lead RCRC,” said Supervisor Miller.  “As rural county elected leaders, there is so much work to be done.  I look forward to working on several of RCRC’s top priorities this coming year that include addressing the constant threat of wildfires, advocating for rural broadband expansion, and working with RCRC affiliate organizations like the Golden State Natural Resources, Golden State Finance Authority and National Homebuyers Fund, Inc.  The challenges that confront rural counties implores us to take action and take action now.”

RCRC’s Board of Directors is headed by four officers composed of elected County Supervisors from the 37 member counties. Mono County has been a member of RCRC since 1976. Joining Supervisor Corless on the leadership team are 1st Vice Chair and Nevada County Supervisor Dan Miller, and Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter, who will serve as 2nd Vice Chair. Merced County Supervisor Daron McDaniel remains an Officer in the role of Immediate Past Chair. The newly installed 2021 Officers will guide the organization in shaping public policies for California’s rural counties.

“Though our membership covers vast and disparate areas of California from Del Norte to Imperial, the strength of RCRC is our ability to find common ground and take a collaborative approach on issues that impact our communities,” added Supervisor Corless. In addition to wildfire prevention and response, key advocacy areas for RCRC in 2021 are rural broadband deployment, direct federal COVID-19 aid relief, and water policy.

The official Oath of Office was administered virtually by U.S. Representative John Garamendi (D-Yolo County) during the RCRC Board of Directors meeting on the morning of January 13th.