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Thanks, Hank!

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:13 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 1:16 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Hank Weston’s tenure as Nevada County’s District IV Supervisor is rapidly coming to an end. Throughout three terms of office he has been a friend to the San Juan Ridge Community and will be missed by those of us who have had the privilege and pleasure to work with him.

Hank has been involved in public service since he was fifteen years old when he first became a volunteer with the fire service. Starting as a seasonal firefighter with California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (now CAL FIRE), he eventually became Unit Chief of Nevada, Placer, Sierra, and Sutter Counties. During that time he served as Nevada County Fire Warden for seven years. After serving for thirty-six years with CDF, Hank served as Grass Valley’s Fire Chief from 1997-2006.

Upon leaving his long career in fire service, Hank Weston assumed the myriad duties of a Nevada County Supervisor. Pat Leach, 14 year North San Juan Fire Protection District Board member, has worked alongside Hank since the beginning of his past twelve years in office. She recalled that one of his first undertakings was to complete the formation of the San Juan Ridge Community Park District, a project that had first been undertaken by Supervisor Sam Dardick many years before. “In 2010, Hank concurrently supported a committee of over fifty San Juan Ridge Community members to establish Nevada County’s North San Juan Area Plan, and continues to seek funding for water storage and fire hydrants for the town of North San Juan. The document helps to keep the town’s historic character, while allowing for viable growth. For the past seven years, Hank has worked to restore and preserve the covered bridge over the South Yuba River at Bridgeport. Hank has served tirelessly on 23 committees that affect all of us,” Pat continued. “As a member of the LAFCO Board, he supported the North San Juan Fire Protection District’s recent annexation of an additional 17 square miles.”

In addition to supporting the North San Juan Fire Department, Hank Weston has faithfully championed our North San Juan Community Center, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center and San Juan Ridge Community Library. He has staunchly endorsed and supported projects and institutions that help build our community, improve the lives of our people, and work to keep them safe. One of a rare breed that makes working hard look easy, he has done so with great aplomb. Hank has the ability to listen and to treat those he encounters with dignity and respect. Fulfilling the duties of his office with grace and dignity, Mr. Weston will be well remembered not only for what he’s done, but for who he is. As Pat thoughtfully affirmed, “Hank’s the epitome of service with integrity and I found him to be an ‘old-fashioned’ gentleman to all.”

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