RCRC gathered at its annual reception on Wednesday, January 18th, to celebrate the RCRC 2023 Officers and to honor the recipients of the 2022 Rural Leadership Awards. 

The Rural Leadership Awards are presented to two public officials who have demonstrated an understanding of, and distinctive leadership regarding rural county issues. RCRC honored Angela Avery, Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, for her bold leadership in forest stewardship and conservation; and Assemblymember Jim Patterson (AD-8), for his role in advancing wildfire risk reduction, community safety, and attempts to restore Williamson Act funding.  

The 2023 RCRC Officers were installed during the Board of Directors meeting earlier that day, with the official Oath of Office administered by California State Assemblymember James Gallagher (AD-3). RCRC Chair, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter; First Vice Chair, Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez; Second Vice Chair, Modoc County Supervisor Geri Byrne; and Executive Committee Member at Large, Inyo County Supervisor Matt Kingsley, were recognized at the reception for leading the organization in championing policies on behalf of California’s rural counties. 

Read the full press release here