VISALIA, Calif.—For the first time in its history, the California Integrated Waste Management Board has named a woman to its top post. Linda Moulton-Patterson took the reins of California's waste management board June 1. The board elected her chairwoman May 23 to replace outgoing chairman Dan Eaton, who has led the board since 1998.
"I'm honored to receive the Board's support at this key time when cities, counties and regional agencies are striving to meet our 50 percent waste reduction standard by the end of the year," Ms. Moulton-Patterson said.
Mr. Eaton stepped down as chairman at the end of May to allow a board member appointed by Democratic Gov. Gray Davis to take control, said a spokesman for the board. Historically, a governor-appointed member chairs the board, the spokesman said.
"It's sort of a passing of the baton," he said.
Mr. Davis named Ms. Moulton-Patterson to the board Aug. 30, 1999. She was his first appointee. She served as mayor and a member of the City Council of Huntington Beach, Calif., before joining the board.