FAIRFIELD — A Solano County supervisor has a long job description.
Supervisors are to approve a balanced budget, enact laws and rules, determine land use for rural areas and represent the county on regional boards and commissions. They are to establish salaries for county workers, decide how many workers the county has and control county litigation.
Some of this is done at the Tuesday board meetings, which typically start with an 8 a.m. closed session and a 9 a.m. open session and last four to eight hours. But supervisors say the work week goes beyond that.
“It’s about a 70-hours-a-week job,” Supervisor Linda Seifert said.
On a recent day – not a Tuesday – Seifert had several meetings. She met at 10 a.m. at the Government Center with officials from the California Dental Association. She has successfully worked to bring a dental clinic to the county fairgrounds in April 2014.
At 11 a.m., she met with County Administrator Birgitta Corsello and Assistant County Administrator Nancy Huston to discuss an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting. As chairwoman of the board, Seifert is responsible for running the meetings. Discussions included what items should go on consent calendar and what items might be controversial.
“I want to manage a good meeting,” Seifert said.
At 1:30 p.m., Seifert and Supervisor Erin Hannigan met as the board’s legislative committee. They heard by phone from the county’s Washington, D.C., consultants. They talked about upcoming state legislation that the Board of Supervisors might want to support or oppose.
Seifert said she thinks somebody in the state or federal government is listening to what Solano County says.
“I think we’re quite effective,” Seifert said. “We’re certainly effective with our own legislators.”
Seifert had no more meetings on this particular day. Her days include other tasks, such as dealing with calls from constituents. Recently, a constituent wanted to know why the county was saying his tractor shelter had to be enclosed.
Supervisors serve on other local bodies. For example, Seifert is on boards for the Solano County Water Agency, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District and the Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District, among others.
Those meetings, as well as the Board of Supervisors meetings, come with agenda packets describing decisions to be made involving taxpayers’ money.
Seifert as board chairwoman in particular represents the Board of Supervisors at various functions, from Rotary club meetings to Solano Economic Development Corp. breakfasts, though other supervisors do so, too. For example, she and Supervisor John Vasquez attended and spoke at the Common Ground convention June 23 in Vallejo. That was a Sunday.
On a busy weekend, she’ll limit what she does to five events.
“I could probably do three things Friday night and three things Saturday night – easily,” she said.
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