Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, who represents District 1 that includes unincorporated areas of West Contra Costa County from El Cerrito to Pinole, was named chair of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Gioia received 85 percent of the vote when he was reelected in November and is currently the third longest serving supervisor in California, having first been elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1998. He will be tied for second in that category once he completes his current term.
Superior Court Judge Joni T. Hiramoto administered the oath of office to Gioia Tuesday, as well as to newly elected Supervisor Ken Carlson, the former Pleasant Hill councilmember who is the Board’s first LGBTQIA+ supervisor. Carlson succeeds retired Supervisor Karen Mitchoff in representing District 4, a district covering Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton, and parts of Walnut Creek and Morgan Territory.
In addition Tuesday, Federal D. Glover, longtime supervisor of District 5 representing areas from Hercules to parts of Antioch and Marsh Creek, was selected as vice chair of the Board.
Gioia is currently the third longest serving supervisor in California, having first been elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1998, and will be tied for second in that category once he completes his current term, according to the County.
“I’m proud and excited to continue my work representing the diverse communities of District 1 and fighting to achieve health and equity for all county residents,” he said.
Carlson said he looks forward to advocating for “improving our mental health crisis response, expanding our homeless services capacity, and ensuring all have equitable access to our County services.”
The five-member Board is rounded out Candace Andersen, District 2 supervisor, and Diane Burgis, District 3 supervisor.