Sundberg makes McKMAC appointments

Daniel Mintz
Mad River Union

McKINLEYVILLE – Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg has made two new appointments to the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee (McKMAC) and re-appointed Barbara Georgianna for another term. 

Also included in the McKMAC actions taken at the Oct. 23 Board of Supervisors meeting are approval of Sundberg’s letters of appreciation to Craig Tucker and Otto van Emmerik, whose terms have ended.  

The new appointments are Nina Surbaugh, a home child care provider, and Stephanie Weldon, the director of Humboldt County’s Child Welfare Services. 

During a public comment session, Blue Lake resident Kent Sawatzky questioned whether Sundberg, as an outgoing supervisor, should have made the appointments. 

But Fifth District Supervisor-elect Steven Madrone thanked Sundberg for appointing women and, referring to the appointment of Weldon, a tribal member. 

Weldon is a member of the Yurok tribe. 

“Creating that diversity on the committee is a good thing so I applaud that action on his part,” said Madrone. “And I recognize that this is his right, as supervisor, to make these appointments.” 

Madrone also invited people who are interested in serving on the committee, which advises the county on issues affecting McKinleyville, to submit applications to the county. 

“I will review all of those applications and talk with every applicant before making decisions in January on appointments for the McKMAC,” he said.

Tucker, who has been a vocal member of the committee, stated in an email to the Union "Its been a pleasure to serve on the McKMAC. I applaud Supervisor Sundberg’s recognition of the need to appoint more women and people of color on the McKMAC to better reflect the diversity of our community. But I’m not really going anywhere, I will remain involved as an active community member and I will focus more of my energy on the McKinleyville Alliance for Racial Equity.”

The committee consists of three appointees of the Fifth District Supervisor, three at-large appointments approved by the Board of Supervisors, a member of the McKinleyville Community Services District and its manager. 


McKINLEYVILLE MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE The McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee meets today, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. at the McKinleyville Middle School Conference Center, 275 Central Ave. in McKinleyville. The committee will hear a report from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office regarding crime in McKinleyville and will listen to a report from the Humboldt County Health Department regarding needle exchange programs. 


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