By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The disbanded Sonoma County Human Services Commission had its curtain call Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors.
The panel was established 33 years ago to oversee and distribute county funding for community groups serving the needy.
Supervisors eliminated the 12-member commission and its staff in budget hearings this year. They transferred oversight of $300,000, about half the commission’s current annual allocation for grants to 26 community groups, plus $80,000 in administrative dollars to the county’s Community Development Commission.
Nonprofit partners and commission members have cheered the last-minute move to save the grant funding while expressing sadness at the panel’s dissolution.
“Our nation is only as good as how we treat our most vulnerable citizens,” Ann McGee, the commission chairwoman, said after Tuesday’s ceremony.
Five current appointees and a former commission staff member were on hand to receive the board’s recognition.