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Bob Elliott
Robert Rickman
SUPERVISOR - DISTRICT 5
January 2021 - January 2025
rrickman@sjgov.org

Biography

Bob Elliott grew up on a farm near the city of Osborne in the great plains of north-central Kansas. He was class valedictorian and Student Council President of his high school, and went on to graduate in the top 5% of his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

He served his country for 30 years in the United States Army, and retired as a Colonel of the US Army Special Forces (the Green Berets.) While in the Army, he served as Deputy Commander of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, as Commander of the 4th Special Operations Support Command (Theater Army) (Airborne), and served on diplomatic assignments at the U.S. Embassies in Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, Korea.

After retiring from the Army, Bob joined General Electric Company and served in a variety of positions with various GE affiliates in the company's nuclear energy and Homeland Protection businesses. He subsequently served as a program manager for Westinghouse Electric Company in the company's nuclear energy business.

Bob is a resident of Tracy and is active in the community. He currently serves as a Board Member of Give Every Child A Chance, and is a past president of the Tracy Sister City Association and past Board Chairman of the Tracy Hospital Foundation. He is also a member of American Legion Post 172, VFW Post #1537, the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club, the Tracy Rotary Club, Tracy Elks Lodge No. 2031, the West Side Pioneer Association, and the Chambers of Commerce in Tracy and Manteca.

Bob and his wife Debbie have three daughters and eight grandchildren.

Bob was first elected to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on November 6, 2012, and was sworn in on January 7, 2013. He was re-elected in 2016 and is currently serving his second term. He represents the Fifth Supervisorial District, which covers portions of south San Joaquin County, including Tracy, Mountain House, half of Manteca, a portion of Lathrop, and associated unincorporated areas. Prior to his service on the Board of Supervisors, Bob served on the Tracy City Council from December 2010 until December 2012.

Bob's priorities as Supervisor, 5th District, are to enhance public safety, promote economic development to improve our local economy and bring family wage jobs to our county, protect our agricultural industry, and ensure fiscal responsibility in our County financial affairs.

Achievements

Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

Throughout his career in the United States Army, he received numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding achievements and leadership, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, NATO Medal, Korean Order of National Security Merit Samil Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, SCUBA Diver's Badge, and various other awards and decorations.

Committee Assignments

2021 Committee Assignments
Agency/Board/Commission Position
Agriculture Advisory Board Alternate Member
City/County/Transit District Liaison Committee Member
Continuum of Care Member
County Facilities Review Committee Member
Countywide Oversight Board Chair
Economic Development Association Member
Goodwin Tunnel Financing Authority Member
Mountain House Housing Advisory Board Member
Mountain House Public Financing Authority Member
National Association of Counties Member
San Joaquin Council of Governments Member
  • Executive Committee
  • Member
  • Megaregion Working Group
  • Chair
    San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Study Policy Committee Member
    SJ Valley Regional Association of California Counties Member
    SJ Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District Member
    Tri-Valley — San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority Member
    Urban Counties of California Alternate Member

    District Welcome

    Thank you for visiting the webpages for 5th District, San Joaquin County. Here you can find some biographical information about me, my board and committee assignments, a map outlining the boundaries of 5th District, some news highlights, and other items. The 5th District covers portions of south San Joaquin County, including Tracy, Mountain House, half of Manteca, a portion of Lathrop, and associated unincorporated areas. For people coming from Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, 5th District is the gateway to San Joaquin County. Please take a moment and learn about the advantages of being located here in San Joaquin County.

    Map of San Joaquin County San Joaquin County is a great place to live, raise a family, locate a business, or just to visit. The county is located in the San Joaquin Valley and is crisscrossed by major highways heading north, south, east, and west, making it easy to travel to the mountains, to the Pacific Ocean, or to any other favorite California destination. What’s more, San Joaquin County is a destination in and of itself. There is plenty to do right here, including water skiing or fishing on the Delta, seeing a minor league baseball game with the Stockton Ports or hockey game with the Thunder, wine tasting of award winning wines at our numerous wineries, experiencing the arts at the Tracy Grande Theater, inner tubing down the Mokelumne River, seeing the animals at Micke Grove Zoo, or enjoying one of our many seasonal festivals.

    Greater Silicon Valley Flyer San Joaquin County offers businesses a unique locational advantage for sourcing agricultural production, site specialized manufacturing operations, and low cost distribution to North American and Asian markets with backhaul opportunities. The Port of Stockton and Stockton Metropolitan Airport, as well as the Union Pacific and BNSF Inter-Modal truck to rail services, offer businesses the transportation flexibility to take advantage of a wide range of business expansion opportunities in a region that is projected to double in population in the next 30 years.

    Greater Silicon Valley Seal Located adjacent to Silicon Valley, San Joaquin County is also linked to the world’s greatest technology economy. We call ourselves “Greater Silicon Valley.” High Technology companies such as Amazon, Tesla, and FedEx have recently located advanced distribution and production within San Joaquin County in such strategic locations as Tracy, Lathrop, and Manteca. We invite you to join us and “grow” your business opportunities in San Joaquin County.

    San Joaquin County boasts several opportunities for higher education. We are home to the Tigers of the University of the Pacific (one of the oldest private institutions on the west coast), Humphrey’s School of Business and Law, San Joaquin Delta College, and California State University Stanislaus, Stockton Campus. There are also a considerable number of trade schools throughout the county.

    We have exceptional school districts. Kimball High School ranked in the top 27 percent of the nation’s high schools in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report for strong state test performance by students. Tracy High School and Wanda Hirsch Elementary School have been named California Distinguished School’s in recent years. And, nearly 91 percent of high school students at Tracy Unified graduate with a high school diploma and go on to four-year universities. In August of 2014, Lammersville Unified School District, which serves the town of Mountain House, opened Mountain House High School and Altamont Elementary School. The District invested resources of $130,000,000 to develop these technology based school’s that will serve this community’s youth well into the future.

    San Joaquin County is one of the most agriculturally rich regions in California. Traditionally, San Joaquin County has consistently led the state in the production value of many crops. In 2019, our gross value of economic activity attributable to agricultural production was estimated at $2,617,815,000. You’ll want to stop at one of our many roadside fruit stands to enjoy fresh produce from a local farm. Our county has also become known as one of California's leading premium wine districts. You can find wineries located from Tracy to Lodi, which has made us a popular destination for tourism.

    As you can see, there is much to do in San Joaquin County. You are sure to find it a desirable place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

    As the San Joaquin County 5th District Supervisor, my priorities are to address the rising cost of living, develop common sense solutions for homelessness, reduce traffic congestion, expand economic development and opportunity, and ensure our neighborhoods are safe.

    District 5
    District 5 Information:
    • Population: 137,001
    • Area: 205,177 ac2
    • Area: 321 mi2
    • Cities:
      • Manteca
      • Tracy
      • Lathrop
      • Mountain House CSD
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