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3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington Elected to Two Key Leadership Roles

Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington will serve on the California State Association of Counties’ Executive Committee and serve as the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s Chair in 2019.

California State Association of Counties (CSAC) elected Washington, who currently is the chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, at its 124th annual meeting in San Diego. Washington joined more than 800 county officials and others for the weeklong event last November.

The association represents and advocates for counties before the California Legislature, administrative agencies and the federal government. The Executive Committee establishes priorities and policies each year that directly impact the programs and services provided by the counties. “I am honored and proud to represent Riverside County on this important decision-making committee,” said Washington, who served as an alternate on the committee for the past two years. “I look forward to advocating for Riverside County and other counties on key issues.”

The Executive Committee is comprised of the CSAC’s officers, six urban county supervisors, three suburban county supervisors and two rural county supervisors. California has 58 counties, all represented on the 62-member CSAC board of directors. Members of the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) unanimously elected Washington to serve as the Commission’s 2019 Chair last month.

Washington will lead the Commission in its ongoing efforts to improve mobility and provide solutions to transportation challenges. RCTC is responsible for building highways, express lanes, interchanges, and railroad bridges and helps provide the five-county Metrolink passenger rail system. RCTC also funds regional and local buses, promotes ridesharing programs, offers Freeway Service Patrol roadside assistance, and administers Measure A, the voter approved, half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County.

An elected public servant since 1995, Washington previously served on the Temecula and Murrieta City Councils as Mayor and Council Member for both cities, serving twice as Mayor of Temecula. He is a former Navy officer and aviator and a veteran commercial airline pilot for 24 years.

“I am eager and honored to lead the 34-member Riverside County Transportation Commission in 2019. Riverside County faces both challenges and opportunities as the fourth most-populous county in the state,” said Supervisor Washington. “Transportation remains vital to our residents’ ability to live and work locally, and the Commission works hard to find solutions and improve our regional transportation system.”