Government / Politics

2019 county officials sworn in

Next Board of Supervisors meeting expected Jan. 15.

Newly elected San Benito County Supervisors Peter Hernandez and Jim Gillio were sworn into office Jan. 7 by Judge Steven Sanders during a morning ceremony.

Hernandez won his race during last year’s election against Patricia Loe, currently on the San Benito County Planning Commission, for the District 3 seat with 1,823 votes (55.8 percent).

Hernandez is a former Hollister School District trustee and owner of Ohana Shave Ice.

Gillio received 3,392 votes (73.68 percent) to beat out incumbent Jerry Muenzer for District 4. Gillio is a former appointed member of the Hollister City Council and runs Central Ag Supply.

The first meeting for the new supervisors is expected on Jan. 15.

Sheriff Darren Thompson was also sworn in and will serve his third consecutive four-year term. He received 8,145 votes (69.92 percent) to deputy Bill Hutchison’s 3,504 votes (30.08 percent) in the June primary election.

Melinda Casillas was sworn as county treasurer-tax collector. She defeated Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz during the June primary with 8,008 (71.69 percent) votes.

Superintendent of Schools Krystal Lomanto, District Attorney Candice Hooper and County Assessor Tom Slavitch were also sworn in and faced no challengers during the June primary.



Noe Magaña

Noe Magaña is BenitoLink Co-Editor and Content Manager. He joined BenitoLink as reporter intern and was soon brought on staff as a BenitoLink reporter. He also experiments with videography and photography. He is a San Benito High School alumnus with a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts Associate's Degree from Gavilan College. Noe also attended San Jose City College and was the managing editor for the City College Times, the school's newspaper. He was a reporter and later a copy editor for San Jose State's Spartan Daily. He is a USC Center for Health Journalism 2020 California Fellow.