Paul Teixeira, the chair of the SLO County Board of Supervisors, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday night. Teixeira was supervisor for the Fourth District which includes a southern portion of San Luis Obispo, all of Arroyo Grande, Oceano, and Nipomo.
In a statement issued by the county, it said “ Our deepest condolences go out to Paul’s family, friends, and the constituents of District 4.” Paul was a long time resident of San Luis Obispo County and an active member of the South County Rotary, numerous advisory councils and charitable organizations.
Paul was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010 and appointed as Board Chair in 2013. Paul pledged to provide the community of the Fourth District with fair, honest, and transparent leadership. Paul was instrumental in the progress made towards resolving the flooding issues in Oceano, the completion of the Willow Road Interchange and the Nipomo Parks Master Plan.
Normally Supervisor Bruce Gibson, as the current Vice Chair, would step into the role as Chair, but he is presently out of town. According to the County’s Emergency Operations Success Plan document, Supervisor Adam Hill will serve as acting Board Chair until Supervisor Gibson returns.
According to state statute, “whenever a vacancy occurs in any board of supervisors, the Governor shall fill the vacancy. The appointee shall hold office until the election and qualification of his successor. Government Code Title 3, Section 25060. The date of the next election is June 3, 2014 and the seat is up for a full term at that date. The County will be in contact with the Governor’s Office and this will go through the normal process.
In remembrance of Paul, the Flag at all county facilities will be at half-staff.