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Santa Barbara County's newest County Supervisor takes office early

Santa Barbara County
New Santa Barbara County Supervisor Laura Capps takes the oath of office Tuesday. She represents the county's Second District.

Governor appoints Laura Capps to fill gap in office before her term officially starts in January.

Santa Barbara County now has a new County Supervisor. Laura Capps was sworn in as Second District Supervisor Tuesday, after being appointed to the post by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Capps won the seat in the June election. She was scheduled to take office for a four-year term in January. But Gregg Hart, who held the seat, resigned last week to take his new job as the 37th District State Assemblyman.

The governor took the action of appointing Capps to insure the supervisorial district was properly represented during the gap.

Capps was a member of the Santa Barbara Unified School District school board. Her family has been involved in community service for years. Both her father and mother served as members of Congress representing parts of the Tri-Counties.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.