By Jon Fleischman, c/o the O.C. Register
In the wake of the Orange County bankruptcy back in the 1990s, the voters instituted strong term limits for the Board of Supervisors. After serving two back-to-back four year terms a supervisor may not seek a third consecutive term – they must retire from the board. It’s not a lifetime ban, but there is only one instance of a retired supervisor coming back.
In passing strong term limits, the voters wanted to ensure that being a supervisor was not a career – with members serving for over a decade or even two or three decades. A supervisor has up to eight years to “give back” to their community through this form of public service, but then must leave, and allow for someone else to have that same opportunity. Continue reading