FRESNO — Debbie Poochigian, who represents District 5 on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, was elected Vice-chairman of the Board on Tuesday, January 11, 2011.
After assuming the vice-chairmanship, Poochigian stated, “We have many challenges facing Fresno County in the coming years. We must continue to work hard to prioritize spending, examine programs for desired outcomes, make budgetary decisions that are affordable and sustainable, and be willing to make the tough fiscal decisions that face our county. I am honored to serve the residents of Fresno County and thank everyone for this wonderful opportunity.”
“My grandparents came to this country in the early 1900′s to make a better life for their children and achieve the American Dream.” she continued, “Public service has been a very important part of my family’s commitment to our community and way of life. I am honored to carry on the tradition.”
Poochigian is a lifelong resident of Fresno County and is currently serving her first term on the Board. Her family has been farming in Fresno County for four generations. She has been married to Justice Chuck Poochigian for 34 years and is the daughter of Mimi Koligian and the late former five term supervisor Deran Koligian. Supervisor Poochigian has been very actively involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations throughout her career. She remains active in her church and has taught Sunday school for over 35 years. She and her husband have three children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
District 5 is comprised of 3200 square miles and includes portions of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, a national park, thousands of acres of prime agricultural land, and a rich mix of urban and suburban areas — including parts of the City of Fresno and most of the city of Clovis.