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Fresno County Board of Supervisors moves to add County Charter amendment to June Ballot

Post Date:02/07/2018 7:55 AM


DATE: February 6, 2018
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Fresno County Board of Supervisors moves to add County Charter amendment to June Ballot

Amendment would authorize Director of Public Works to appoint County Surveyor 


Fresno, CA – Today the Fresno County Board of Supervisors moved to include a measure on the June 5, 2018 ballot that would amend the County Charter upon voter approval. The measure would repeal the Charter’s provision designating the County Director of Public Works as “ex-officio County Surveyor” and allow the Director to appoint a separate, qualified County Surveyor. 

“This amendment is an appropriate and necessary change that will help the County align itself with current industry standards and operate more efficiently,” said Supervisor Nathan Magsig. 

Currently, Section 16 of the County Charter – last revised in 1966 - mandates that the Director of Public Works be both a registered civil engineer and licensed or authorized to practice as a surveyor. California Business and Professions Code (B&P) states that this mandate does not apply if the individual registered as a civil engineer prior to 1982. 

Prior to 1982, the educational and professional requirements to become a licensed surveyor were included in the requirements to become a registered engineer. Since that time, however, the surveyor profession has developed into a distinct occupation with separate educational, professional and statutory qualifications. As a result, very few individuals have both licensures or meet the exemption provided in the Business & Professions Code. 

The County already employs one or more deputy county surveyors who are licensed in the State of California and who perform the day to day functions of the County Surveyor. Voter approval of this amendment will update the County Charter to reflect the evolving education and certification requirements in the area of Public Works management and broaden the field of qualified candidates available for the Director position without adding a new County position(s).  


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