Today, Senator Mike McGuire adjourned the Senate in memory of longtime Humboldt County Supervisor Jimmy Smith, who served a distinguished career in public service.
“No one was a stronger champion for the North Coast than Jimmy. He was known for his unique ability to bring people together, no matter how tough the issue, to build a stronger community,” Senator McGuire told his fellow State Senators.
For 12 years, Smith represented Humboldt’s 1st District on the County Board of Supervisors and as a commissioner with the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District from 1995 to 2000. He was a standout leader who worked day and night to keep people together. His leadership and diplomacy resonate throughout Northern California.
Smith championed many large projects and initiatives for the benefit of nature and fish and wildlife. He performed significant work on Humboldt Bay, Salt River, Eel River, Trinity River, Klamath River and marine fisheries.
“Jimmy was known for his grace and humility and love for the North Coast. He will be deeply missed,” Senator McGuire said.
The Senate was officially Adjourned in Memory of Jimmy Smith on Friday, May 27, 2016, the same day his family and friends are holding a memorial at the boat ramp named in his honor.