The Marin County Board of Supervisors has unanimously selected Supervisor Dennis Rodoni to lead the board as president in 2024 at its regular meeting. 

The board also made a slew of new appointments Tuesday and introduced a new federal lobbyist and director of the county’s Health and Human Services Department.

Mary Sackett was voted as the board’s vice president and Eric Lucan as its second vice president in the same vote to approve Rodoni for his second stint as president.

“Thank you to the board for electing me,” Rodoni said, and he presented Moulton-Peters with a gift basket that he said was made up of items from West Marin County. 

Top 2024 priorities

Rodoni said the board would focus on issues like housing and homelessness, employee retention, race and equity measures, address climate change and disaster preparedness, and invest in infrastructure.

Moulton-Peters, who led the board in 2023, said that she was appreciative to have led the board in the past year and thanked county staff for their efforts.

She noted what she considered the board’s major accomplishments in the past year, such as passing an updated housing element and directing state grant money to increase mental health and substance abuse treatment. She also highlighted engagement in initiatives to increase equity, flood and wildfire prevention in the county, and securing funding for the redevelopment of Golden Gate Village in Marin City, a historic affordable housing village originally designed for Black veterans returning from World War II.

Moulton-Peters said her priorities in the new year would include managing Richardson Bay, continuing to support redevelop Golden Gate Village, and trying to strengthen southern Marin communities.

Rodoni said he wanted to pass a minimum wage ordinance, increase transparency and accessibility to board meetings, address urgent ecological issues and finalize a new fire station in San Geronimo Valley. 

County’s new lobbyist

David Wetmore, a partner for the lobbying firm Carpi & Clay, was introduced remotely as the county’s new lobbyist to the federal government. The Washington, D.C.-based firm advertises itself as a bipartisan lobbying firm that specializes in helping clients that are public entities connect with lawmakers and policymakers in the federal government. The board approved the firm’s contract of $96,000 for three years, with an option to extend it up to four years after that.

Lisa Warhuus appeared in the board’s chambers as the supervisors unanimously approved her appointment as the county’s new Health and Human Services director.

Warhuus was previously the director of Health, Housing and Community Services for the city of Berkeley. Before that, she served as the associate director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. She will officially take over the role on Feb. 20 with a salary of about $288,000.