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.
Name: Michael M. Vargas
Position: City Member, Chair
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...
Name: Stephen J. Tomanelli
Position: Public Member, Vice-Chair
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...
Name: Kevin Jeffries
Position: County Member
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...
Name: Phil Williams
Position: Special District Member
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...
Name: Nancy S. Wright
Position: Special District Member
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...
Name: Steve Sanchez
Position: City Member
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 ...
Name: Ted Hoffman
Position: Alternate City Member
Bio: Ted Hoffman is a longtime resident of Riverside County. His family moved to Riverside County in 1957 and settled in Eastvale where he grew up on their dairy farm. He is a gradua...
Name: Jim Love
Position: Alternate Public Member
Jim Love, Vice President, Beaumont Electric Inc.
Electrical Industry – 38 years
Beaumont Electric – 23 years
Procuring Contracts, Estimating, Project...
Name: V. Manuel Perez
Position: Alternate County Member
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...
Name: Steven Pastor
Position: Alternate Special District Member
During his working career, Steve was involved in production agriculture and agricultural related businesses.
He began his career working on the family herb farm i...
Riverside LAFCO has an independent staff of five headed by an Executive Officer.
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...
Name: Crystal Craig
Position: Assistant Executive Officer
Bio: Crystal began her service as the Assistant Executive Officer in 2020, after previously serving as a Local Government Analyst since 2002. Her principal duties include supervisin...
Name: Michael Henderson
Position: LAFCO GIS Analyst
Bio: Michael is the GIS Analyst for LAFCO and has held this position since March 2022. His duties involve database development and maintenance of LAFCO’s Geographic Information Sys...
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,...
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...
Name: Melissa R. Cushman
Position: Legal Counsel