Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced he has appointed Robert Peters to the Mono County Board of Supervisors, representing District IV.
“Robert Peters has proven he is committed to serving his community,” said Gov. Schwarzenegger. “He has worked in the past to achieve growth and development for the county and I am confident in his ability to continue this great work. I know he is dedicated to working with the people and the board to best serve the needs of all Mono County citizens.”
Peters has owned and operated the Bridgeport Inn since 1999 and has owned and been president of Advanced American Communications since 1983. From 1990 to 1993, he was president of New World Television and chief financial officer of New World Entertainment. Previously, Peters was senior vice president of Paramount Pictures Corporation from 1980 to 1983. Prior to that, Peters was president of Paramount Home Video from 1972 to 1980 and he served in various financial positions for Paramount Pictures West Coast from 1967 to 1972, including vice president of finance.
Peters served as a member of the Mono County Tourism and Film Commission from 2000 to 2007, serving as chair in 2003 and 2007. He also served as a member of the Bridgeport Regional Planning Advisory Committee from 1999 to 2007, serving as chair from 2006 to 2007. In 2002, he created Mono County’s first local funding grant program to finance economic development in local communities.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Mono County Board of Supervisors,” said Peters. “I view this as an opportunity to work with the people so that our county may continue to be a desirable place to visit, live and conduct business.” Peters, 70, of Bridgeport, earned a Master of Business Administration degree in administrative management and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation. Annual compensation is $49,308. Peters’ party affiliation is listed as “decline to state.”
Pursuant to California Government Code § 25060, the governor has the appointing authority to fill a vacancy on a county board of supervisors until the next general election cycle. The appointee of the governor must be an elector of the district he/she will represent for 30 days immediately preceding the appointment, and reside in the district during his/her incumbency. The appointee will hold office until the election and qualification of a successor with such election to be held at the next general election unless the term would expire in January following such general election. When a vacancy continues from the failure of the person elected to succeed the appointee to qualify for office, the governor’s appointee holds for the unexpired term.
Early reports indicate that part of the governor’s motivation for making the selection was a concern that Mono County, which is dealing with numerous large, timely issues such as water rights, bighorn sheep grazing and continuing its successful efforts to maintain fiscal solvency, is in need of a five-person Board at least until the June election, and possibly November, should the race be continued until then.
The Mono County Board of Supervisors is the elected body representing the people of Mono County. There are five districts that elect the five-person board of supervisors. District IV represents the cities of Coleville, Lee Vining, Walker and Bridgeport. The District IV seat of the Mono County Board of Supervisors currently has a vacancy due to the passing of Supervisor Bill Reid on Oct. 21, 2009. –Press Release/Sheet Staff