Commissioner & Staff Info

The composition of LAFCO Commissions varies from county to county. Riverside’s Commission consists of members who represent all levels of local government. These are: two County supervisors selected by the Board of Supervisors; two city council representatives selected by the City Selection Committee within Riverside County; two special district board members selected by the Special District Selection Committee, one public member selected by the other members of the Commission. For each category of commissioner represented (county, city special district, and public) there is one alternate. Alternate members may attend LAFCO meetings but only vote on items when a regular member from their category is absent. Each Commission member serves a four-year term.

Steve Sanchez

Name: Steve Sanchez

Position: City Member, Chair

Email: ssanchez@laquintaca.gov

Bio: At the age of 19, Steve enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman. He served 8 years (1996-2004) with deployments in Asia and a combat tour during the ground ...

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Stephen J. Tomanelli

Name: Stephen J. Tomanelli

Position: Public Member, Vice-Chair

Email: care@hughes.net

Bio: Stephen Tomanelli is the Owner-Operator of Computer Care which was established in 1986. Computer Care is a Sole Proprietorship Company specializing in computer sales and service...

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Kevin Jeffries

Name: Kevin Jeffries

Position: County Member

Email: District1@rivco.org

Bio: Kevin Jeffries was elected in November 2012 to represent the residents of the 1st Supervisorial District, which includes about two-thirds of the City of Riverside, as well as La...

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Jeff Hewitt

Name: Jeff Hewitt

Position: County Member

Email: District5@rivco.org

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Phil Williams

Name: Phil Williams

Position: Special District Member

Email: phil@c21Investments.com

Bio: Phil Williams has been on the Board of the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District since 2001 where he has served as Board President. He also serves or has served on the Distri...

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Michael Vargas

Name: Michael Vargas

Position: City Member

Email: mvargas@cityofperris.org

Bio: Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is married to Julie Vargas, and they have four daughters and six grandchildren. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and a...

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Nancy S. Wright

Name: Nancy S. Wright

Position: Special District Member

Email: nwright@mswd.org

Bio: Nancy Wright has served on the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), holding the Eastern Riverside County Special Districts seat, since 2012. She previous...

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Jim Love

Name: Jim Love

Position: Alternate Public Member

Email: jimhlove@gmail.com

Bio: Jim Love, Vice President, Beaumont Electric Inc.
Electrical Industry – 38 years
Beaumont Electric – 23 years
Procuring Contracts, Estimating, Project...

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Vacant

Name: Vacant

Position: Alternate City Member

Email:

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Robert Stockton

Name: Robert Stockton

Position: Alternate Special District Member

Email: bstockton@wmwd.com

Bio: Bob Stockton was appointed to the Riverside Local Agency Formation Commission as the Alternate Special District Member in August, 2016. He serves on the Board of Directors of th...

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V. Manuel Perez

Name: V. Manuel Perez

Position: Alternate County Member

Email: District4@rivco.org

Bio: Victor Manuel Perez was appointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on May 9, 2017 to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, representing the County’s Fourth District, and was s...

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Staff

Riverside LAFCO has an independent staff of five headed by an Executive Officer.


Gary Thompson

Name: Gary Thompson

Position: Executive Officer

Bio: Gary Thompson began his service as Executive Officer in May of 2019, after previously serving 5 years as City Manager for the City of Jurupa Valley. Gary has over 18 years of l...

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Crystal Craig

Name: Crystal Craig

Position: Local Government Analyst III

Bio: Crystal served as a Local Government Analyst for Riverside LAFCO since 2002. Her principal duties include processing reorganizations, annexations, consolidation studies, technic...

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Joshua Altopp

Name: Joshua Altopp

Position: Local Government Analyst III

Bio: Joshua Altopp has served as a Local Government Analyst for LAFCO since 2018. His principal duties include processing reorganizations, annexations, consolidation studies, techni...

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Elizabeth Valdez

Name: Elizabeth Valdez

Position: Commission Clerk

Bio: Elizabeth Valdez is the Commission Clerk and has been with LAFCO since 2001. She performs a variety of administrative duties, including clerking the monthly Commission meetings,...

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Rebecca Holtzclaw

Name: Rebecca Holtzclaw

Position: LAFCO Secretary

Bio: Rebecca Holtzclaw is the Secretary for LAFCO, a position she has held since 2017. She performs a variety of duties, including maintenance of the Access proposal database, office...

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Tiffany North

Name: Tiffany North

Position: Legal Counsel

Bio: Assistant County Counsel Tiffany North joined the Office of Riverside County Counsel in 2005 and currently serves as LAFCO’s legal counsel. In addition to her duties with LAF...

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