Supervisor Pareira embraces second stint as board chair
As the newly appointed chairman of the Merced County Board of Supervisors, Snelling’s Lloyd Pareira has some extra responsibilities running board meetings, making committee assignments and representing the county at special community functions.
Pareira, 59, represents District 4, which includes Snelling, Winton, Ballico-Cressey, Delhi, Stevinson, Hilmar and Gustine. First elected in 2016, and then re-elected in 2020, Pareira is serving his second stint as chairman.
The chairmanship is a role Pareira eagerly embraces. He says he likes dealing with the public.
“To be the chairman is an honor and not a burden. There’s extra work and it takes time. I still only have one vote and it’s not like the ‘strong mayor’ position with some cities. We all work together and get along really well. We are pretty fortunate. There is not much that is contentious,” Pareia says.
As chairman, Pareira works with the county’s chief executive officer to prepare the board’s agendas. As chairman, he disperses outside assignments of other supervisors to the boards of other agencies, like water districts, municipal advisory councils, retirement boards and committees.
County supervisors meet twice a month on Tuesdays. Typically the agenda includes 45 to 50 items. Not all merit discussion; some are considered routine “consent calendar” items. Last week’s board meeting, however, had 60 agenda items.
One of the more-recent challenges has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. For a while the County Administration Building was off-limits to the public and meetings were conducted through Zoom but now there is no limited access to the building.
“The problem is COVID is real. But life has to go on. We still must be proactive to make it work. We have a job to do,” Pareira says.