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Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012 9:20 am | Updated: 11:33 am, Tue Jan 15, 2013.

District 3 Supervisor John Maynard deferred his chairmanship of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors out of concern that it would interfere with his Rotary Club activities.

Maynard was scheduled to take over from current board chair and District 2 Supervisor Rudy Molera. Instead, he asked for a deferment at the board’s Dec. 19 meeting.

“I’ve got a potential commitment to my Rotary Club that might make it difficult for me to go ahead and be chair if we go to a 16-month rotation, which I think we should. So I prefer to do it either the second 16-month or the third 16-month period,” Maynard said.

“Is that Rotary chairmanship that demanding?” Molera asked.

Maynard responded in the affirmative, noting that Rio Rico Rotary Club meetings also are on Wednesdays, the same day as the supervisors meetings.

As a result, the board agreed that District 1 Supervisor Manuel Ruiz will take the next chairmanship from Jan. 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. Maynard will remain vice-chairman during that time.

The board members also cancelled their regular meetings on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, citing the Christmas and New Year holidays. Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 are official workdays at the County Complex and county offices will be open.

All three county supervisors were elected to new four-year terms in November. They each earn annual salaries of $63,800, plus benefits.