The cities and unincorporated areas in Orange County are divided into five Supervisorial Districts. Although the districts vary in physical size, their populations are approximately the same, and each district elects a Supervisor to a four-year term. Each Supervisor can serve two four-year terms.
Terms are staggered so that all Districts do not have elections at the same time. The Second, Fourth, and Fifth Districts will have elections in 2010, and the First and Third will have elections in 2008.
These five elected officials comprise the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Every year, the Board elects two of its members to serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Board offices are located in the Hall of Administration at Santa Ana Boulevard and Broadway in Santa Ana. The Board’s mailing address is 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92701.
What They Do
The Board oversees the management of the County government and its many special districts. In its legislative duties, the Board adopts ordinances, resolutions and minute orders within the limits prescribed by State law. As an executive body, the Board:
Approves the annual budget
Appoints a County Executive Officer, County Counsel, Clerk of the Board, Internal Auditor, Public Defender and Public Guardian
Approves contracts for projects and services
Conducts public hearings on land-use and other matters
Makes appointments to boards, committees and commissions
The Board’s legislative and executive activities are conducted at public meetings with certain personnel and legal matters discussed in closed sessions.
Where They Are Seated
The Board of Supervisors’ dais from left:
Fifth District Supervisor
Patricia C. Bates
Second District Supervisor
John M. W. Moorlach, Vice Chairman
Fourth District Supervisor
Chris Norby, Chairman
Third District Supervisor
First District Supervisor
Below the Board of Supervisors’ dais from left:
Clerk of the Board
County Executive Officer
Board staff sits at the table to the right of the podium. County staff sit at the table to the left of the podium. The Clerk of the Board’s assistant sits next to the podium.
Live webcast of Board meetings will be available in spring 2007 at www.ocvideo.ocgov.com. In addition, video-on-demand of past meetings from January 2007 will be available on the web site.
Board meetings are videotaped and aired on local cable stations throughout Orange County. For more information including the time, day of the week and channel that Board meetings are broadcast in your area, visit http://www.ocgov.com/supervisors/supervisorstv.asp or check with your local cable operator.
Updates to the agenda, including supplementary items and any other special meeting notices, are available online and on the Clerk of the Board’s Info-line at 714.834.3453.
The County’s “Opinion Online” service allows for comments on agenda items to be made via the Internet at www.ocgov.com/opinion. This service is available from noon Wednesday to noon Friday in the week preceding a Board meeting. Comments are processed and distributed to the Board, CEO, Grand Jury and County Counsel.
Any member of the public may request to be heard on any item on the agenda.
Complete a speaker request form located by the agendas in the Board Hearing Room.
Submit your completed form to the Clerk of the Board’s assistant, seated to the left of the podium, before the item you wish to address is called.
The Clerk will advise the Chairman that you wish to speak on an agenda item when the item is called. Items within the jurisdiction of the Board, but not on the agenda will be heard during the “Public Comments” portion of the meetings. No action can be taken on any item not appearing on the agenda.
When the Clerk calls your name, approach the podium and state your name and place of residence for the audio and video record.
Remarks are limited to three minutes per speaker unless the Chairman sets another time limit.
If you have documents for the Board, please bring eight copies and hand them to the Clerk of the Board’s assistant when you approach the podium.
If you have special needs in order to address the Board, the Clerk of the Board can assist you. If you have any questions, please call the Board Services Division 72 hours prior to the meeting at 714.834.2206.
County Mission Statement
“Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.”
Glossary of Terms
Consists of routine items that normally do not require individual consideration
Consists of items considered by the Board that require discussion and separate votes
An action by the Board of Supervisors
Ordinances, Resolutions and Minute Orders
Legal records documenting Board action
An opportunity required by law enabling residents to speak for or against certain matters before the Board takes action
A time at the end of each Board meeting for individuals to comment on matters not on the agenda, but within the jurisdiction of the Board