RIVERSIDE – Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez is no stranger to taking the oath of office, but when he took it on Jan. 8 at the first County Board of Supervisors meeting of the year, it was different than the last time he took it.

When Supervisor Perez took the oath of office in May 2017, he was appointed, hand-selected, to fill the remainder of the late John Benoit’s term.

Supervisor PerezThis time, Supervisor Perez was sworn into a full, four-year term of office by Riverside Superior Court Judge Raquel Marquez. He is there because voters overwhelmingly hired him for the job. He earned this oath through sweat equity, a proven track record and a classy campaign.

Supervisor Perez, as chosen by his fellow supervisors, will serve as vice chair of the Board of Supervisors for 2019. Supervisor Kevin Jeffries will serve as chair.

“I am grateful, blessed and proud to serve as your Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor,” Supervisor Perez said in a prepared statement. “In the coming year and in the term that begins today, we have so much to do. It’s going to be quite a bit of work, whether it’s the issue of the budget, labor negotiations, environmental issues like the Salton Sea, infrastructure, the economic development efforts that are needed here, housing, and homelessness. As a team, we can make some great things happen. The Phenomenal Fourth District team and I look forward to continuing to provide exceptional service and representation to all we serve.”

A former teacher and community health worker, Perez served as a State Assemblymember, Coachella City Councilmember and Coachella Valley Unified School District Trustee prior to taking office as the Fourth District Supervisor on May 12, 2017. In June 2018, the voters elected Perez to a full, four-year term.

Perez serves as vice chair of the Board of Supervisors and represents the Fourth District and Riverside County on a number of committees, boards and commissions. A full list can be found on his Web site at: www.rivco4.org/web/perez/committees. In addition to these boards and commissions, Perez is an ambassador to Gov. Newsom, representing the Inland Empire.

Supervisor Perez and his staff welcome the community to join them for live music, food and beverages at the Fourth District swearing-in and open house next week. The festivities start at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Supervisor Perez’s office in Palm Desert, 73-710 Fred Waring Dr.

Additional details will be announced as the event nears.

Supervisor Perez represents the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the Fourth District is the largest geographical district in the County.