Oversight Boards

The actions of the Oversight Board are overseen by the Department of Finance (DOF). Any actions taken by an oversight board will not go into effect for three (3) business days. During this time, the DOF may request a review of any Oversight Board’s action(s). The DOF, in turn, has ten (10) days to approve the Oversight Board’s action(s) or return the action back to the Oversight Board for reconsideration. 

Oversight Boardmembers

ABx1 26 requires that each Successor Agency must have an Oversight Board that consists of seven (7) members. The Boardmembers are appointed by and represent the following entities:


One member appointed by the County Board of Supervisors - Mr. Kirk Irwin


One member appointed by the public appointed by the County Board of Supervisors - Ms. Katie Delano


One member appointed by the Mayor for the city sponsored the dissolved RDA - Mr. Ron Ramsey, City of Coalinga Council Member


One member appointed by the Mayor representing the employees of the former RDA - Ms. Marissa Trejo, City Manager of the City of Coalinga


One member appointed by the largest special district, by property tax share, with territory in the territorial jurisdiction of the former RDA - Ms. Sharon Spurgeon, CEO/Administrator at Coalinga Regional Medical Center


One member appointed by the County Board of Education - Jim Reckas, Director Facilities/MOT of the Coalinga-Huron Unified School District


One member appointed by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges - Mr. Ken Stoppenbrink, Vice-Chancellor of Business Services of West Hills Community College District

Officials of the Board

Health & Safety Code section 34179(a) requires each Oversight Board to elect one of its members to serve as Chairperson of the Board.  

The Board voted to elect the following Boardmembers to serve as officials of the Oversight Board:


Chairperson - Vacant

Vice-Chairperson - Boardmember Sharon Spurgeon

Secretary - Boardmember Ken Stoppenbrink


As with any governing body, the Oversight Board is subject to the requirements of the Brown Act (open meeting law), the Public Records Act, and the Political Reform Act. 

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Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS)

The Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS) is a permanent schedule of obligations that replaces the EOPS once it is approved by the Oversight Board to the Successor Agency to the former Redevelopment Agency. Only payments required pursuant to the ROPS may be made by the Successor Agency after May 1, 2012. The County Auditor-Controller will allocate property tax increment to Successor Agencies to pay debts listed on the ROPS. A new ROPS must be adopted for each successive six-month period.

The ROPS will become valid and operative when the following steps have been completed:

1.  The draft ROPS is certified by an external audit overseen by the County Auditor-Controller. The County of Fresno recently engaged Price, Paige & Company, a CPA firm in Clovis, to perform the required audit. Successor Agency staff is currently working with the firm in the audit process.

2.  The ROPS is approved by the Oversight Board.  The first meeting of the Oversight Board was held on Monday, April 30, 2012. The Oversight Board approved both ROPS at their first meeting on April 30, 2012. The first ROPS covered the period from January 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2012 and the second ROPS covered the period from July 1, 2012 thru December 31, 2012.

3.  A copy of the approved ROPS is submitted to the County of Fresno Auditor-Controller, Department of Finance and the State Controller’s Office, and has been posted on the Successor Agency’s website. A copy of the preliminary draft ROPS was submitted to the Fresno County Auditor-Controller, Department of Finance and the State Controller’s Office on March 26, 2012. The Oversight Board’s approved first and second ROPS was sent to the required offices on May 1, 2012. 

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