Veteran board members bid farewell to MDAQMD

Shown, from left: San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood; MDAQMD Executive Director Brad Poiriez; Adelanto City Councilmember Ed Camargo; and Victorville City Councilmember Jim Cox. Lovingood, Camargo and Cox, who’ve each also served on the MDAQMD Governing Board for numerous years, have left the dais after choosing not to run for reelection in their respective elected roles.

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– At least three veteran members of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s Governing Board have bid farewell to their local regulatory service.

MDAQMD Executive Director Brad Poiriez presented members Jim Cox, Robert Lovingood and Ed Camargo with plaques and words of recognition for their service at the Board’s regular meeting on Oct. 26.

Member Cox, Victorville’s appointee served MDAQMD for eight years including stints as Chair and Vice Chair. Cox, who was also the High Desert’s longest serving city manager, leading Victorville for more than 30 years before retiring and earning a spot on the council, repeatedly thanked MDAQMD’s staff for making his job easier.

“It’s been a great experience, because of how prepared the whole agency is,” Cox said. “One of the things that happens in open meetings is questions come up and staff has to go back and research and bring it back to the next meeting. In every instance, staff had the answer, they were prepared.”

Member Lovingood, who chose not to run for a third term as San Bernardino County’s 1st District Supervisor also served a term as MDAQMD’s governing board chair in his eight years serving the District.

“It’s an honor (to serve on the MDAQMD board),” Lovingood said. “It’s the key to the success of our economy, that we work with industry, find more ways to say yes than no, and push back responsibly when we should with the state when things are not applicable.”

Member Camargo was appointed by his fellow Adelanto City Council members and served MDAQMD for nine years. He was emotional as he accepted his recognition of service and left the dais for the last time. Camargo thanked staff and his fellow board members but indicated he could rejoin elected life at some point in the future.

Poiriez thanked each of the departing members for their dedication in serving the District’s mission and their integrity while on the board.

“These three men truly set a great example and made me proud to serve at their direction,” Poiriez said.

As of this writing, election results in San Bernardino County weren’t certified. Only San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Elect Paul Cook is certain to be a new MDAQMD board meeting as he secured a clear victory in the June Primary. For Cook and other new board members who have yet to be declared winners in their respective races, a new board orientation will be held in early January. The board’s first regular meeting of 2021 is scheduled for Jan. 25. Members of the public who wish to participate are encouraged to join via conference call. Details for the meeting include the call-in number and agenda will be available the week prior at https://mdaqmd.ca.gov/meetings.

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