Supervisor House looks forward to 2016 as board chairman

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Since the Pinal County Board of Supervisors went to five members, the duties of the chairman are passed on every year instead every 16 months, as it did when there were three board members.
In the final meeting of 2015, the board chose District 5 Supervisor Todd House to chair the meetings for 2016.  District 4 Supervisor Anthony Smith was chosen as vice-chair.
District 5 in general encompasses Apache Junction to the north, Queen Valley to the east and San Tan Valley to the south.
“I am honored,” stated the new chairman.  “There are much more duties as chairman than as a sitting board member.”
Chairman House said that he will be more involved in planning out the items that go on the agenda in the board meetings and having to sign all official documents that come before the Supervisors.
“The chairman is required to sign all final plats for developments and other documents that are approved in the meeting,” Chairman House said.  “You can’t sign them during the meeting since it would being those meetings to a crawl.  I also work with the county manager and clerk of the board to decide what items that will be on our agenda along with bringing any issues that supervisors might have about the agenda or certain items in it.”
During the actual board meeting itself, Chairman House will chair the meeting to make sure all items on the agenda are heard and any public input is brought before him and the other members.
“It’s not all that hard,” Chairman House stated.  “It’s a simple matter of keeping the meeting running at a reasonable pace, recognizing those who want to testify before the board and holding votes after motions by the Supervisors.”
Chairman House will hold the chairmanship until a new chairman is chosen on Jan. 1.
Editor’s note: Joe Pyritz is the spokesman for Pinal County.

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