Two new elected officials are now representing the people of Shasta County.
Pam Giacomini representing district three, and Bill Schappell representing district four, took their place on the board of supervisors Tuesday.
Giacomini was elected to office during the June primary. Schappell won his seat in the November election. Both are excited to finally get a chance to serve.
“For me, one of the things I am really going to try to do is represent the citizens of Shasta County and the businesses,” said Schappell.
“First I need to understand, I think, the other supervisors districts a little better, I am very eastern so I need to get to know the entire county very well,” said Giacomini.
Schappell represents an area north of Redding, including Shasta Lake and Castella.
Giacomini represents an area encompassing Burney and Palo Cedro.
The two newcomers take the place of veterans in Shasta County government. Glenn Hawes served 16 years on the board, and Linda Hartman served eight. Both say they plan to pursue other ventures.
Before they left office Tuesday, they sat down with action news to talk about what they accomplished over the years. Both have been right there when many important decisions have been made.
As he sat in his office one last time on Tuesday, Glenn Hawes reflected on his first day as a supervisor.
“Well it was in 1997, the first Tuesday in 1997. We had just had a huge flood, Montgomery creek had flooded, Burney creek flooded and it flooded in Burney, it was a mess.” said Hawes.
Countless decisions have been made since, but now, its retirement.
“I am not going to desert, I’ll be active wherever I am needed. I am getting older, there is no doubt about that, but I still love the people and will serve when I need to,” said Hawes, adding that he'll spend more time on his farm with his dog Millie.
As for Supervisor Hartman, she is leaving her post to serve in another capacity.
“Actually being hands on and helping to take care of veterans is just a chance of a lifetime for me,” said Hartman.
Hartman will leave her political life behind to head-up the Redding Veteran’s Home.
“It’s going to be an adjustment, it has been my life for many years, I started on the city council. So it has been almost 20 years that I have been an elected and have been working and part of the community,” said Hartman.
While there were many triumphs along the way, the supervisors agree, the tribulations are what stick out. Most notably, a decision to allow a mall in the Churn Creek Bottom, which was overturned by voters.
“And that was a sad day because that would have helped build more and create more jobs here,” said Hawes.
But putting differences aside, in their last minutes of office Tuesday, both received a standing ovation from the public, thanking them for their years of service.
Neither Hartman nor Hawes ran for reelection. They say they look forward to getting out of the public eye and wish their replacements the best of luck.