Owens tapped to chair Nevada County Board of Supes
Sun News ServiceNEVADA CITY – Truckee’s freshman supervisor, Ted Owens, was selected to chair the Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The first meeting of the year marked the first time since summer that the board of supervisors was fully staffedThe last time was in May, just before former Supervisor Drew Bedwell resigned to dedicate his time to recovering from cancer. Bedwell died in December but did get to see his anointed successor, John Spencer, elected to represent the Grass Valley-anchored District 3.Owens was chosen to be the chair after being nominated by Spencer. Nate Beason was selected as vice-chair after being nominated by Supervisor Sue Horne.
Owens and Beason were sworn in at a noontime ceremony Monday along with Horne, who won re-election to her District 2 seat with a majority vote during the March primary.A contingent from the Town of Truckee attended the swearing-in, including Truckee police Chief Scott Berry; Tony Lashbrook, Truckee’s director of community development; Truckee Town Clerk Judy Price; and Truckee Town Manager Steve Wright.
Owens won his seat in March after running unopposed for the Truckee-based District 5 seat. He replaces Barbara Green, who chose not to run so she could seek a seat on Truckee’s town council. Truckee residents voted overwhelmingly in support of Green during the November general election.Beason replaces Peter Van Zant, who resigned after serving eight years as the Nevada City-based District 1 supervisor.Owens, Beason, and Spencer are also faced with the task of appointing new members to the county’s planning commission.