Montgomery is one of 4 female county supervisors in 158 years

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer Journal Staff Writer
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Created from parts of Yuba and Sutter counties in 1851, Placer County has had dozens of male supervisors but just four female supervisors in its 158-year history. Taking office Tuesday, Jennifer Montgomery becomes the latest to take office and the only woman to be elected to the 5th District seat, which covers an area in eastern Placer County from North Auburn to the California-Nevada state line. Here are the others: Theresa Cook (1977-88) • Broke the glass ceiling as Placer County’s first woman supervisor. • Served on the county and state Democratic Central Committees while belonging to numerous local organizations. • Instrumental during her three terms in office in selling the old county hospital on Elm Street to make way for a shopping center, advocating for a new county jail at the Placer County Government Center in North Auburn and aiding in the development of the Placer Multipurpose Senior Center. Susan Hogg (1989-92) • A Granite Bay resident who followed Cook on the Board of Supervisors in 1989, serving a single term. • Cut her political teeth on the Roseville High School District Board and Roseville Transportation Commission. • A run-off election in 1992 saw her lose to 25-year-old Kirk Uhler, who currently serves on the board. Harriet White (1997-2004) • The North Auburn resident entered county politics by defeating Auburn’s Ron Lichau in 1996. • The debate over building a Wal-Mart on Highway 49 was a key issue. • White – an advocate for upgrading the county’s buildings, creating an alternate throughway on Bell Road and recently completed Highway 49 safety improvements – served two terms before stepping down and supporting the election of current supervisor Jim Holmes. – Gus Thomson