Supervisor Federal Glover has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2024, thus ending six consecutive terms as the District 5 supervisor. During his tenure, Supervisor Glover has been a tireless advocate for the people of Contra Costa County, working to improve the lives of residents in District 5 and beyond.
Supervisor Glover's accomplishments are many and varied. Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, he served as a council member for the City of Pittsburg. During his tenure as a council member, and while serving as mayor of Pittsburg, Supervisor Glover led the council in its opening and dedication of its current municipal building for public service.
In 2000, Supervisor Glover began his tenure as a supervisor holding the distinction of being the only African American and only person of color to have been elected to and serve on the County’s Board of Supervisors since the County’s incorporation in 1850 as one of the first 27 counties when California gained statehood. Today, he remains the only African American to have served on the Board in the County’s 173 years.
In recognition of his leadership, Supervisor Glover was elected by his peers as chairman of the Board in 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2017. Over the years, he has also served as chair of the Public Protection Committee, Equity Committee, Los Medanos Healthcare Operations Committee, Sustainability Committee, Northern Waterfront Ad Hoc Committee, Industrial Safety Ordinance/Community Warning System Ad Hoc Committee, and on several joint/regional committees and commissions including, but not limited to, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Local Agency Formation Commission, Tri-Delta Transit Authority, Delta Diablo Sanitation District, Costa Health Plan Joint Conference Committee, and Medical Services Joint Conference Committee.
He has been a strong supporter of the urban limit line, which aims to rein in suburban sprawl and preserve open space. He has also been a champion of transportation initiatives, securing over $1 billion in funding for improvements to highways and public transit in the region.
In addition to his work on these important issues, Supervisor Glover has been a passionate advocate for youth-related services. He initiated County youth conferences which give young people a chance to air their views to community leaders and get valuable information about careers and education. He also convened our area's first Youth Summit and Gang Task Force, both aimed at supporting youth and providing good role models so they don't join gangs.
In April 2015, Supervisor Federal Glover had a life-altering surgical procedure performed where he received a new heart and a new kidney. In spite of this, he continued to serve on the board of supervisors throughout his period of illness and subsequent recovery.
Supervisor Glover's leadership will be missed, but his legacy will live on in the many lives he touched during his time in office. His retirement from the Board will come at the end of the current term in December 2024. And during the last year of his term, he will serve as chair of the board again. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.