Longtime Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan will leave the board next month to become deputy director of strategic planning and policy at the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday.
McGowan, 65, of West Sacramento, said he expects to shepherd special projects and “use my learned political acumen to foster the growth of the department.”
His last day on the county board will be Dec. 3, he said. He starts work at DMV on Dec. 4 and will earn $125,004 annually.
It’s up to the Governor’s Office to fill the Yolo board vacancy. A timetable for an appointment was not immediately known Tuesday but “hopefully it will be made as seamlessly as possible,” McGowan said.
McGowan has represented Yolo County’s 1st district since 1993 and served as Yolo County Board of Supervisors chairman and vice chairman. Before that, McGowan served on the West Sacramento City Council and was the city’s first mayor in 1987. He is a Democrat.
He presently chairs the Port of West Sacramento Commission and serves on the Yolo County Transportation District Board of Directors and the California State Association of Counties. He was president of CSAC’s board of directors in 2012.
McGowan’s post was among a number of DMV appointments Gov. Brown named Tuesday, including new director Jean Shiomoto. A DMV veteran, Shiomoto had held numerous positions at the agency and was its acting director before the appointment.
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