H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Oct 4, 2013 2:23 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

AG Councilwoman Caren Ray appointed to SLO County Supervisor 4th District Seat

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Fourth District seat had been filled. Governor Jerry Brown chose Arroyo Grande city councilwoman Caren Ray to fill the seat left empty by the death of Paul Teixeira, who died from a heart attack in June.

Ray told KSBY News that she found out about the appointment on Thursday morning while she was in class. She's a teacher at Santa Maria High School. Ray said it was pretty difficult to finish out the school day, as her phone was getting filled with congratulatory phone calls.

On Thursday night, colleagues, friends, and family threw Ray a congratulatory dinner at Rooster Creek in Arroyo Grande.

Ray has been in the community for 30 years. She was on the Arroyo Grande Planning Commission for five years, and then was appointed to city council, and has served on council since 2010.

Ray is joining the SLO County Board at a crucial and interesting time. Last Tuesday, the four supervisors could not come up with a decision on how to fix the water issue in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. The board was left with a 3-1 vote, when they needed for votes. To have Ray join the board next Tuesday could potentially help the rest of the supervisors come to an agreement.

The mayor of Arroyo Grande said he is very excited for Ray, but sad to see her leave the council. He said they will start opening up the application process to the community to fill Ray's seat once she officially leaves.

Ray, who is also a graduate of Cal Poly, will serve until the term expires in January 2015.

The Governor's Office said Ray will be compensated $82,014.

The 4th district covers all of Arroyo Grande, Oceano, and Nipomo.

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