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District #5- Tom Wheeler

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Welcome to District 5

tom wheeler Welcome to my website. I hope you find this site useful when seeking information on District 5, which includes thousands of miles of Sierra National Forest, Yosemite National Park and the beautiful mountain communities of Oakhurst, North Fork, Coarsegold, Ahwahnee, Raymond, and Bass Lake.

Since I assumed office in January 2007, I have worked diligently to solve many of the growth-related issues we face in District 5, including water, traffic, jobs and housing. I have also continuously supported County policies that promote property rights, conservation and common sense solutions to our County's problems. At every opportunity, I have made it a point to work collaboratively with my fellow Supervisors to ensure that no part of Madera County is ignored.

As a resident of Eastern Madera County for more than 50 years, I take great pride in our community. It has been a personal goal of mine to make certain that District 5 continues to grow and prosper for our children and grandchildren.

If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please feel free to contact me at (559) 662-6050 or Your thoughts, ideas, and concerns are welcome and my door is always open.

Additionally, if you are interested in serving on any of the various committees that address issues in Eastern Madera County, please contact me. We are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth and it is up to us to work together to conserve what we have, and provide for responsible growth in the future.

I look forward to talking with you.

Your Supervisor,
Tom Wheeler, Supervisor, District 5


I have been a resident of Eastern Madera County for five decades, having moved to the area as a teenager in 1958. My family settled in North Fork a year later, and I have continued to live there ever since. I am the proud father of three and grandfather of two.

For 30 years, I managed the 4,500-acre Frank Wyle’s Circle W. Ranch. I also own and manage my own, private business. I coached youth soccer for ten years. For more than eighteen years, I served as a trustee on various school boards including Sierra High School, North Fork Elementary School, and the Chawanakee and Minarets Boards. I am a recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Education, was selected North Fork Citizen of the Year, chaired the North Fork Loggers Jamboree for a number of years, and won the Champion Logger title five times.

I was elected to the Madera County Board of Supervisors in 2006. Since then, I have strived to uphold my political ideology of conservation, property rights and common sense. I have and will continue to support policies that help the people better their lives economically. I encourage business that brings well-paying jobs to our communities so young adults can afford to live here. I am also an adamant supporter of property rights. 

In addition, I believe a person should give back to the community. As such, I have been involved in numerous committees and organizations. Over the last thirty years, I was elected President of the California Association Resource Conservation District and President of the Coarsegold Resource Conservation District. I have been a member of the Eastern Madera County Water Oversight Advisory Committee, The General Plan Update Committee, the North Fork Community Development Council, Farm Service Agency Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Mountain Area Youth Soccer League.

Boards and Committees

  • Central Sierra Watershed Committee (2009)
  • Children & Families Commission (First Five) – Alternate (2013)
  • Coalition Committee of Madera County, MUSD, and Cities (2012)
  • CSAC Policy Committee Government Finance & Op (2013)
  • CSAC Board of Directors – Alternate (2013)
  • Crane Valley Project (2007)
  • Elected Department Head Negotiation Committee (2012)
  • Fresno/Madera Board of Supervisors Joint Meeting (2013)
  • High Speed Rail Task Force (Ad Hoc) – Alternate (2013)
  • Jackass Rock Board of Directors (2008)
  • Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) (2010)
  • Madera City/County Joint Projects Committee (2013)
  • Madera County Transportation Commission (2009)
  • NACO Public Lands Steering Committee (2013)
  • Native American Liaison Committee/SB 621 Gaming Local Community Benefit (2013)
  • Oakhurst Community Advisory Council (2007)
  • Pet Committee (Ad Hoc) (2012)
  • Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC) – Alternate (2013)
  • Regional Water Management Group (2010)
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) Development and Evaluation Committee – Alternate (2013)
  • Resource Conservation & Development (2007)
  • Road Impact Fee Committee (2008)
  • San Joaquin River Conservancy – Alternate (2013)
  • San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (2013)
  • Sierra National Forest Resource Advisory Committee (2007)
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy (2007)
  • Solid Waste Enforcement Independent Hearing Panel – Alternate (2010)
  • Solid Waste Rate Committee (Ad Hoc) (2010)
  • Utilities Special Committee (2012)
  • Yosemite Area Regional Transportation Strategy (YARTS) (2007)
  • Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau (2007)

Board Meets As:

  • Flood Control & Water Conservation Agency (monthly)
  • In Home Supportive Services (as needed)
  • Public Financing Authority (monthly)
  • Madera County Redevelopment Agency (as needed)
  • Madera County Industrial Development Authority (as needed)

Past Participation:

  • Board Legislative Committee (2007)
  • Community Action Partnership of Madera County– Alternate (2007)
  • Community Development Block Grant Committee (CDBG) Committee (02007)
  • CSAC Policy Committee Ag & Natural Resources (2009-2010)
  • Flood Control/Water Conservation Agency Advisory Board (1999) (Disband 9-2007)
  • Foreign Trade Zone Advisory Board – Alternate (2007)
  • Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging – Alternate (2007)
  • Fresno-Madera-Kings Regional Health Authority Commission (2012)
  • Juvenile Justice Committee - Alternate (2007)
  • Revenue Neutrality
  • San Joaquin Valley Regional Supervisor Association (2010)
  • Technical Advisory Committee (2007)

Current Projects in District 5


  • Locate Property for an Off-road Riding Park 


  • Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park 
  • Eastern Madera County SPCA facility 

North Fork

  • North Fork Mill Site Development 
  • North Fork Volunteer Fire Station  (To Be Completed in 2013)


  • Downtown Revitalization 

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