Former Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar has been officially sworn in to her new job as the Third District Representative on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
Gaspar took the oath of office on Monday, Jan. 9, along with two incumbents who were re-elected, each to four-year terms.
Gaspar was sworn in by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who had endorsed her over incumbent Dave Roberts, whom she defeated in November.
Also taking the oath of office were Supervisors Greg Cox, District 1, and Dianne Jacob, District 2, who were re-elected in November to what, thanks to term limits, will be their final terms. Cox was sworn in by his wife and former Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox and Jacob was given the oath by San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore.
All three were sworn in during a ceremony held at the County Administration Center. They join Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts and Supervisor Bill Horn in overseeing a $5.36 billion budget and approximately 17,000 county employees.
Gaspar trailed Roberts on election night by 2,293 votes, but as absentee and provisional ballots were counted, she closed the gap and on Nov. 18 took the lead – by a mere 15 votes.
Since then, her lead built steadily, and the final vote tally, released Dec. 5 by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, showed her with a 1,272-vote edge over Roberts. The raced ended with 115,295 votes, or 50.28 percent, for Gaspar, while Roberts has 114,0293, or 49.72 percent.
District 3 includes Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Solana Beach, as well as a large expanse of northern San Diego, including parts of Carmel Valley, Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch and Rancho Penasquitos.
Roberts, a former Solana Beach mayor and City Council member, was elected to the Board of Supervisors in November 2012. He beat Republican Steve Danon, a former chief of staff to Congressman Brian Bilbray, for the right to succeed the retiring Pam Slater-Price, who had endorsed Roberts even though she is a Republican.
Roberts’ first term as the county board’s only Democrat was marred by allegations that he mistreated staffers, misused county resources and engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a staff member. Three former staffers filed formal claims with the county, prompting Roberts’ colleagues on the board to approve a $310,000 settlement.
Roberts has consistently denied the allegations; in April, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said her office would not file criminal charges but conceded, “Supervisor Dave Roberts violated county and civil workplace policies.”
Gaspar won the right to square off against Roberts in the June primary, where she bested Escondido Mayor, and fellow Republican, Sam Abed.