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Third District Supervisor Neal Coonerty

Neal Coonerty was elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in June 2006 and re-elected to another four year term in June 2010. In 2009 and 2013 Supervisor Coonerty was selected by his fellow County Supervisors to serve as Chairperson of the Board of Supervisors. Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Neal Coonerty was the owner and operator of Bookshop Santa Cruz in downtown Santa Cruz, a business he successfully ran since 1973. Supervisor Coonerty also served on the Santa Cruz City Council from 1990 to 1994. He was elected Mayor of Santa Cruz in 1993.

Supervisor Coonerty graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, as an English literature major in 1969. He was born in Santa Maria, California, and grew up in Van Nuys, California. His wife, Lucie, is a retired elementary school teacher. His son, Ryan, a lecturer in legal studies at UCSC and Cabrillo College, was elected to the Santa Cruz City Council in 2004, and re-elected in 2008, and twice served as mayor of Santa Cruz in 2008 and 2011. His daughter, Casey Coonerty Protti, currently operates the family business, Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Supervisor Coonerty works hard to protect the environment, promote economic development, and support our community’s safety net which provides for the most needy members of our community.

The Third District includes the communities of Davenport, Bonny Doon and the North Coast as well as UCSC and most of the City of Santa Cruz.

Scheduling an Appointment with Supervisor Coonerty:

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Supervisor Coonerty, please feel free to call his office at 454-2200 and ask to speak to one of his staff members. Supervisor Coonerty regularly attends the Davenport/North Coast Association meetings and the Rural Bonny Doon Association meetings. If you are a resident of Bonny Doon or the North Coast, you may wish to speak with Supervisor Coonerty at those venues. If you have any questions about scheduling a meeting with Supervisor Coonerty, please do not hesitate to contact his office.

Supervisor Coonerty represents the Board of Supervisors on the following regional agencies and boards:

  • Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments Board of Directors (Alternate)
  • Community Action Board
  • Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz County
  • Cultural Council Board of Directors
  • Integrated Waste Management Local Task Force
  • Jail Overcrowding Committee
  • Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
  • Local Agency Formation Commission
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Task Force
  • Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors
  • Santa Cruz County Mental Health Advisory Board
  • Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission
  • Successor Agency Oversight Board to the Former Redevelopment Agency of the City of Santa Cruz
  • Treasury Oversight Commission

Staff to Supervisor Coonerty includes:

Rachel Dann, County Supervisor's Analyst
Andy Schiffrin, County Supervisor's Analyst
Allison Endert, County Supervisor's Analyst

Consider getting involved in the local issues that affect our county Commissions:

You can become involved in your community by applying to serve on a county commission. The Board of Supervisors appoints Santa Cruz County residents to positions on more than 40 advisory bodies established to provide advice and recommendations to the Board on a variety of subject areas. While some of these entities are mandated by State law, most were established by the Board to facilitate citizen involvement in government and to assist the Board in its decision making process. There are at-large appointments, where any member of the Board can nominate an appointee. There are also district appointments, where an individual Supervisor nominates an appointee, usually a resident of his or her supervisorial district. In addition, some appointees are required to represent particular groups and/or interests. In all cases, the Board as a whole makes the final appointment. For more information, please click on the links below:

Third District Vacancies
At-Large Vacancies

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Supervisor Coonerty can be contacted as follows:

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