WOODLAND — An impressive group of women filled the front row in the Yolo County Board of Supervisors chambers on Tuesday.
Betsy Marchand, Lynnel Pollock, Helen Thomson, Lois Wolk, Mariko Yamada — all former supervisors, some of whom have moved on to higher office, all there for one reason: to bid farewell to longtime county Supervisor Mike McGowan, who stepped down Tuesday after more than 20 years representing West Sacramento on the board.
McGowan, who will start his new job Wednesday as deputy director of strategic planning and policy at the California Department of Motor Vehicles, always got along well with his female colleagues, Wolk said.
“Because he grew up with sisters and knew who was in charge,” she explained.
In return, they turned out Tuesday to thank him for his service and wish him well. A number of people, in fact, wanted to say farewell and praise McGowan’s sense of humor, intelligence and ability to get things done during his two decades on the board.
Now Gov. Jerry Brown, who appointed McGowan to the DMV position, must select McGowan’s replacement on the Board of Supervisors. He has 90 days to do so.
Meanwhile, supervisors voted to elect Supervisor Don Saylor of Davis as the board’s vice chair, replacing McGowan in that position. Saylor will take over as chair in 2014 with Supervisor Matt Rexroad becoming vice chair.
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