Meet Supervisor John Tavaglione
John Tavaglione was elected to represent the Second Supervisorial District on November 7, 1994, and was sworn into office on January 3, 1995. The Second District includes the unincorporated communities of Coronita, El Cerrito, Home Gardens, Highgrove and the cities of Corona, Eastvale, Norco, Jurupa Valley and the western half of the City of Riverside, excluding the La Sierra Area. Supervisor Tavaglione is currently in his twenty first year of office.
John is currently serving as Chairman of the Board, making it his fifth time during his tenure as Supervisor. In 2002, he was Chairman of the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and is currently serving as Second Vice-Chairman. In February 2002, he was appointed by State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ronald George, to the 19 member State of California Probation Services Task Force. He also served sixteen years as a member of Riverside County's Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). In January of 2002, John was appointed to the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), the State of California’s 2nd largest public health plan serving Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids, and the Medicare Advantage Special Needs populations in the Riverside/San Bernardino County Region. John is also a member of the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) Board of Directors, and is currently an Executive Committee Member of the Riverside Conservation Agency (RCA). Until completion of their mission in 2010, Supervisor Tavaglione was proud to sit as a member of the Court Facilities Dispute Resolution Committee (CFDRC), whose charge was to settle transfer disputes as part of the statewide process of shifting courthouse ownership from counties to the State of California. Supervisor Tavaglione has been a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) for the past 20 years, and was elected by California's 58 counties in 2010-2011 to serve as President of the Association, where he worked closely with Governor Jerry Brown and his administration in negotiating Public Safety and Health/Human Services Realignment. In 2012, Supervisor Tavaglione was named Elected Official of the Year by PublicCEO, a local government news aggregate website dedicated to providing a statewide perspective on California's cities, counties, and special districts, for his efforts navigating the County through the tough fiscal climate of the last recession.
John is a fourth generation resident of Riverside County and has dedicated much of his life to improving the Inland Empire Region. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, he served on the Riverside City Council and was a member of the Riverside Public Utilities Commission. His professional career spanned nearly 25 years as a commercial real estate executive. John received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California Baptist University and is a proud U.S. Army Veteran (’68-’70).
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, John has been credited for his leadership in regional transportation issues, community and economic development, parks and open space preservation, and for his strong fiscal and organizational management. Supervisor Tavaglione is dedicated to improving the economic and social future for the residents of Riverside County and the Inland Empire Region.
As an advocate for youth, John is a strong supporter of collaborative programs that provide educational and growth opportunities for the County's youth population. Supervisor Tavaglione strongly supports the Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars and was President of the Southern California Dollars for Scholars Governing Board. John and his wife Jan have helped to send hundreds of students to college, by hosting an annual fundraiser where all proceeds go towards scholarships for graduating high school seniors in his district.
John and Jan have two children, Heidi and Chris, a daughter-in-law, Jennifer, granddaughters, Madelon Rose and Grace, and their grandson William Christopher. John and Jan reside in Riverside with their dogs Rosie and Ralphie. His hobbies are woodworking and singing/performing with his 60’s classic rock group, The Legendary Mustangs, and most enjoys babysitting and spending time with his grandchildren.
Supervisor Tavaglione's Committee Membership
California State Association of Governments (CSAC)
Coachella Valley Association of Governments
Coachella Valley Conservation Commission
Deferred Compensation Advisory Committee
Hospital Joint Conference Committee
Inland Empire Health Information Exchange
Inland Empire Health Plan
Orange County Corridors Committee
Public Safety Enterprise Committee (PSEC)
Riverside County Infrastructure Financing Authority
Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC)
Riverside County Transportation Commission- Executive Committee
Riverside Transit Agency (RTA)
Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency
Surplus Property Commission
Western Riverside Council of Governments
Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority