Supervisor District 4

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District 4 includes the communities of Lake Wildwood, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Spenceville, unincorporated areas along Highway 20, south down to the Perimeter Road area, and the McCourtney Road / Retrac Way area.

Supervisor Sue Hoek

District 4 is represented by Supervisor Sue Hoek, who began her first term in January of 2019 and is serving as chair this year (2022).

Learn more about Supervisor Hoek

View a list of District 4 Supervisors, from 1856 to the present.

Committees & Commissions



Supervisor Hoek's Priorities

Each year, the Board of Supervisors adopts a set of objectives to guide county operations, programs, and services. Learn more about Supervisor Hoek's work on these and other priorities below.


Green icon with seedling graphic representing agriculture in Nevada CountyPromote and protect the agricultural industry within Nevada County.

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  • In 2021 Nevada County updated the “Right to Farm” ordinance. This ordinance is a renewed commitment by the County to enhance and encourage agricultural operations within the county.
  • The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office produced the 2020 Annual Crop and Livestock Report. Direction was given to include cannabis as a supplemental report for next year's crop report, as allowed by Senate Bill 659 (2019).
  • Focus on land use issues affecting agriculture such as water, drought, and fire preparedness. Using the County’s General Plan document to help guide the county on long-term policy decisions. 
  • Work with local partners in agriculture including Ag Commissioner’s Office, Ag Advisory Commission, Farm Bureau, UC Cooperative Extension and local law enforcement (Sheriff’s Office) and fire (CAL FIRE) to create a livestock access pass for commercial livestock operators. This pass potentially allows commercial livestock operators the ability to access areas under evacuation in order to care for their animals.
  • Attention to zoning and preservation of ag land.

Emergency Preparedness

Ready Nevada County logoLead the community in all-hazards planning, preparedness, response, and recovery with a focus on wildfire; engage residents in emergency preparedness; create more defensible space around properties and roadways; and mitigate the impact of Public Safety Power Shutoff events.

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  • Prioritizing roadside vegetation maintenance along evacuation routes. Annually, Public Works brushes approximately 50-70 miles and mows an estimated 40-50 miles (approximately 10 feet from the shoulder) of its 560 miles of County-maintained roadways. This maintenance cycle is completed every 8-10 years and is funded by gas-tax, vehicle license fee, and grants. See this map which shows progress on this project. 
  • I supported opening up North San Juan's community center as warming/cooling center and community resource center during Public Safety Power Shutoff events. The Penn Valley Library his also being used as a cooling center when necessary.
  • I support the numerous fire safe communities in District 4 from North San Juan to South County.
  • District 4 benefits from strong coordination and collaboration between its three fire districts (North San Juan, Penn Valley, and Rough and Ready) and CAL FIRE. Through a cooperative agreement, the CAL FIRE Grass Valley Emergency Command Center (GVECC) provides regional fire and medical dispatch services to Western Nevada County fire agencies.  Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) technology installed in CAL FIRE resources integrates with GVECC’s Computer Aided Dispatch program, providing for the dispatch of the closest available resources for a rapid response and aggressive fire attack.  Through cooperation and unified command with local fire and law enforcement agencies, 98.2% of the 55 vegetation fires that took place in District 4 in 2021 never grew beyond ten acres, exceeding CAL FIRE’s mission to contain 95% of all fires at ten acres or less.
  • Looking at making updates to the County's Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance in February-March of 2022.


Icon of a simple white house on a blue backgroundCoordinate with local jurisdictions, developers, and other partners to facilitate the development of and access to affordable and workforce housing development.

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  • I'm so pleased to serve on the Regional Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners where we work to enhance communities by creating and sustaining decent, safe and affordable living environments that foster stability and increase self-sufficiency for people with lower incomes. The RHA was a critical partner in two affordable housing developments in Penn Valley: Lone Oak Senior Apartments and Courtyard at Penn Valley Apartments.
  • I support Hospitality House in their mission to to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing.


Icon showing a person reading against a dark green backgroundProvide District 4 with a comfortable and safe environment to pursue reading, access information, explore cultural opportunities, and build community connections. District 4 is unique in that it is served by the County-run Penn Valley Library and the community-supported San Juan Ridge Community Library.    

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  • The Penn Valley Library, which opened in 2002, is the newest branch of the Nevada County Community Library system. This branch operates in the Lake Wildwood Shopping Center on Pleasant Valley Road across from the main entrance to Lake Wildwood.
  • In January 2021, the library moved to a larger location in the same shopping center, doubling in size to over 2,100 square feet.  The new location offers outdoor patio seating, a community meeting room, and an area for children to enjoy story time. This library location also serves as a cooling center during the hottest days of the year.

First Five

First FivePromote the importance of early childhood by investing in complex systems of care, empowering families, and strengthening the community.

Highlights from 2020-2021:

  • Over 740 children and over 350 parents were served through supportive services such as Family Resource Centers, Parenting Workshops, Early Childhood Behavioral Health Services, and developmental screenings.
  • Over 350 children and 140 parents were served through early education opportunities and quality child care providers.
  • Over 300 children and parents were served through home visiting services.
  • Commission staff participated in 2 formal Community Collaboratives and 3 additional COVID-related collaborative efforts centered around providing quality child care to families, coordinating home visitation services, and the development of a child abuse prevention plan that crosses sectors and public/private organizations.

What's Happening in District 4

Community Partners

Penn Valley Area Municipal Advisory Council

The Penn Valley Area Municipal Advisory Council  is a formal council established for the sole purpose of advising the District IV Supervisor, the Planning Department and Board of Supervisors on development and land use issues that are located within District IV boundaries and within either the Western Gateway Parks and Recreation District or the Penn Valley Fire District.

District 4 News

Subscribe to the District 4 newsletter for information and updates on Supervisor Hoek's work.

  1. Ballot Measure NewsFlash

    Measure V Information

    Measure V is designed to reduce the threat of wildfires and improve disaster readiness and evacuation safety to save lives. Learn More
  2. Brunswick Commons Rsign with the building in the background

    New Affordable Housing Development Completed

    We recently celebrated the completion of Brunswick Commons, a multi-family housing community overlooking Brunswick Basin in Grass Valley that will provide 41 units of affordable housing to homeless or at-risk individuals. The development includes... Learn More
  3. Prop 68 State of California Parks and Water bond 2018

    Big Win for Western Gateway Regional Park

    Western Gateway Recreation & Park District will receive $1,144,634 through the California State Parks’ Rural Recreation and Tourism Program for new recreation opportunities that support economic, tourism, and health-related goals. Learn More
  4. Supervisors Place Wildfire Prevention Measure on November Ballot

    Supervisors Place Wildfire Prevention Measure on November Ballot

    The purpose of the measure would be to save lives, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve all-hazards disaster readiness and evacuation safety. Learn More
  5. Yuba River Cohort-20220816-1055

    South Yuba River Public Safety Cohort Celebrates 5 Years

    The South Yuba River Public Safety Cohort, a multi-agency work group amongst its members as “The Cohort,” recently celebrated five years of meeting monthly to coordinate public safety efforts in the Yuba River corridor. Learn More
  6. Feinstein Staff Tour-20220810-1325

    Sen. Feinstein Staff Visit and Tour The Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone

    Representatives from Senator Feinstein's office took a tour of the project, and a bigger picture look at plans to keep our community safe. Learn More
  7. Cooling Center_NewsFlash (1)

    County Cooling Centers Extended Through Friday at the Grass Valley and Penn Valley Libraries

    Due to the extended Excessive Heat Warning, Cooling Centers will remain open at the Grass Valley and Penn Valley libraries from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Friday, September 9th. Learn More
  8. Brunswick Commons Rsign with the building in the background

    Nevada County Officials Celebrate Completion of Brunswick Commons

    Nevada County celebrated the completion of the newly constructed Brunswick Commons housing development Monday, August 22. The project will provide 41 units of affordable housing to homeless or at-risk of homelessness individuals. Learn More
  9. 2022 Mid-Year Board Objectives

    Mid-Year Report Card – How We’re Doing on our 2022 Board Objectives

    At the end of each quarter, the County reports out on how we’re doing on the board of supervisors’ annual objectives that we set at the beginning of the year. I’m pleased to offer you this summary of our mid-year report card. Learn More
  10. 2022 Nevada County Fair

    It's Almost Fair Time!

    The 2022 Nevada County Fair – themed, “Who Let the Hogs Out?” – will run from August 10 through 14. The fair is an iconic Nevada County event that celebrates so much of what defines this community. Learn More
  11. Join a committee or commission

    Get Involved in your County Government

    We are seeking to fill numerous vacancies on county committees and commissions, including the Adult and Family Services Commission, the Assessment Appeals Board, and the Child Care Coordinating Council. Keep reading to find out how you can get involved. Learn More
  12. River Ambassadors

    River Ambassadors Needed for the 2022 River Season

    The South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) is seeking 70 volunteer River Ambassadors to help educate river visitors between May 27 and September 5. Each year, over 800,000 people visit the Yuba River, many without a basic understanding of parking... Learn More
  13. Burn Ban

    Burn Ban in the South Yuba River Corridor

    In September 2018, the Board adopted Urgency Ordinance 2454 adding Article 6 of Chapter XVI to the Nevada County Land Use and Development Code prohibiting outdoor burning on private property in the South Yuba River Wild and Scenic corridor. Learn More
  14. Volunteering


    Did you know there are many fun and rewarding opportunities to get involved in your community? In a smaller community like ours, volunteers are the lifeblood of important projects and events that simply wouldn’t happen without them. Learn More
  15. Cyclist passing by a lake on Pines to Mines trail

    Outdoor Visitor Safety Fund Grant Applications Now Open

    This grant program will provide up to $850,000 in one-time grants to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by funding projects to promote public health and public safety at highly impacted outdoor recreation destinations. Learn More
  16. Invitation to Join the Penn Valley MAC

    Penn Valley Municipal Advisory Council

    The MAC continues to meet monthly – at 6 pm on the third Thursday of the month – to advise me (as the District 4 supervisor), the overall Board of Supervisors, and the Planning Department on land use and development-related issues in Penn Valley. Learn More
  17. 2022-GreenWaste_Sq-2

    Free Green Waste Drop-Off Events

    The County has set up several additional free green waste events in response to the severe winter storm we experienced in late December, and the debris it generated. Learn More
  18. Emergency Call Box

    South Yuba River Updates

    I co-chair the Yuba River Public Safety Cohort, a multi-agency roundtable that coordinates around public safety issues at the South Yuba River. As we head into the 2022 river season, we’re getting three new emergency call boxes installed at... Learn More
  19. Nevada County Microbusiness Grants

    Microbusiness Grants – Deadline March 25, 2022

    Nevada County will disburse $107,500 in relief funds to up to 43 microbusinesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible microbusinesses in Nevada County may receive up to $2,500 each in grant funding. Learn More
  20. Dr. Van Houten Receiving Certificate of Recognition from the Board

    Sierra Family Health Center Celebrates 40 Years of Service

    In late February, the Board of Supervisors gave a certificate of recognition to the Sierra Family Health Center and its founder, Dr. Peter Van Houten, acknowledging their 40 years of service to North San Juan and the rest of Nevada County. Learn More
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  22. Calendar

    Nevada County’s 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count Set for Feb. 24

    The Nevada County Regional Continuum of Care, in coordination with Nevada County and the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, has announced that the County’s annual point-in-time count of homeless individuals and families will take place 2/24/2022. Learn More
  23. Dr. Sherilynn Cooke Headshot

    Meet the New Public Health Officer, Dr. Cooke

    At the December 14, 2021 Board of Supervisors meeting, we unanimously approved an 18-month contract with Dr. Sherilynn Cooke to serve as Nevada County’s Health Officer beginning January 1, 2022. Learn More
  24. Seedling growing out of a jar of coins

    Community Resiliency Grants

    Back in April, the board carved out 30% of its federal COVID relief funds, $5.8 million, to promote community & economic resiliency. Up to $2 million of that was set aside for a “Community Resiliency Grants” program to help respond to the negative... Learn More
  25. Supervisor Hoek presents Colonel Fox with a certificate of appreciation

    Looking Back at Military Appreciation Week

    On November 11, Veterans Day, we honored and celebrated military veterans, as we do every year. But this year, Nevada County also held its first ever Military Appreciation Week from Nov. 6 to14, during which participating businesses offered... Learn More
  26. Bridgeport Covered Bridge Reopening Ceremony

    Bridgeport Covered Bridge Reopening

    On Thursday, November 4, the Save our Bridge campaign held a grand re-opening ceremony to commemorate the completion of the $6.9 million rehabilitation of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge. The bridge is a visually striking, cherished icon that connects us... Learn More
  27. Kentucky Ridge Mine Historical Landmarking

    Historical Landmarking of Kentucky Ridge Mine Site

    The board of supervisors recently approved the historical landmark designation of the former Kentucky Ridge Mine, located here in district 4 on Lone Lobo Trail. Learn More
  28. Mountain lion crossing backyard at night

    Living Amongst Wildlife

    As you may have seen on social media or in the news, there have been many recent wildlife sightings in populated areas. From mountain lions strolling through neighborhoods, to bears crossing roadways (and even getting hit by cars)... Learn More
  29. Safe Debris Burning

    Now that CAL FIRE has declared an end to fire season and the start of Open Burning, please follow these tips for a safe burn pile. Learn More
  30. River Fire Flaring Up Above Tall Trees, Photo Courtesy of Tim O&#39Brien

    Fire Season Status Update from CAL FIRE

    CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Assistant Chief Jim Mathias gives us this update on the 2021 fire season. Wetter weather may be on the way but don’t let your guard down. Read on...
  31. Invitation to Join the Penn Valley MAC

    Land Use and Development in Penn Valley

    Are you interested in land use and development issues in Penn Valley? If so, please join the Penn Valley Municipal Advisory Council (PVMAC), which I chair, at our monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm, with the next meeting on... Read on...
  32. Built for Zero

    Housing for Veterans

    Nevada County was recently recognized by a national initiative known as Built for Zero for making tremendous progress in reducing the number of veterans experiencing homelessness. Now, the community is working to reach a goal called functional zero by... Read on...
  33. Military Appreciation Week banner

    Military Appreciation Week

    Nevada County has a long history of honoring its veterans for their military service and for working to improve our community - from the American Legion Post 130 dreaming up the concept of building the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley in 1927... Read on...
  34. County of Nevada Awarded FEMA Funding for Defensible Space Assistance (1)

    Grant Funding for Defensible Space Assistance

    The County of Nevada has received over $5 million dollars in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help eligible homeowners pay for fire safe vegetation clearing (also known as “defensible space”) around their properties. Read on...
  35. Code Compliance Staff group photo with masks on outside the Rood Center.

    Code Compliance Officer Appreciation Week

    The week of October 3 through 9, people across California joined together to recognize code professionals and their vital role in promoting the health and safety of the public and the environment. These professionals work tirelessly in the community... Read on...
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    Cannabis in Nevada County

    As we enter harvest season, cannabis is more visible in our community. Did you know that cannabis permitting and enforcement in our community is administered by the Nevada County Cannabis Compliance Division? This division within Code Compliance works... Read on...
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  38. River Ambassador with Bandana 2021
  39. Truck Bed Liner Temperature on a Hot Day
  40. RSG Handbook Cover
  41. MicroBiz Grants

    Support for Local Microbusinesses: Nevada County Will Open Microbusiness Grants on February 23rd

    Microbusinesses in Nevada County may be eligible for $2,500 in grant funding. Applications will be open Friday, February 23rd at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, March 25th at 5:00 p.m. Learn More
  42. WELCOME BACK INSIDE on 215_NewsFlash

    Library Resumes In-Person Services on February 15th

    Patrons will be invited back into the buildings to browse the shelves, use public computers, and enjoy library spaces once more. Curbside pick up will still be available for anyone that would like to use it. Learn More
  43. 2022 PIT Count - NewsFlash

    Nevada County’s 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count Set for February 24th

    Point-in-time (PIT) counts are required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to receive federal funding to address homelessness. Results will be posted to once available. Learn More
  44. COVID-19 NewsFlash (8)

    Health Officer Replaces Local Masking Requirements to a Masking Recommendation Effective Wednesday

    As the local masking order is rescinded, it is still highly recommended that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a high-quality mask while in public spaces. Learn More
  45. Storm Recovery Fee Waivers and Priority Permitting

    Priority Permitting and Fee Waiver for Winter Storm Damage

    Residents with storm damage repairs will receive priority permitting and have local fees waived for repair permits through the Nevada County Community Development Agency (CDA) for serious repairs needed following the December 27, 2021 winter storm. Learn More
  46. Notice of Availability Draft EIR & Notice of Public Meeting to Provide Comments Idaho-Maryland Mine.

    Notice of Availability of Idaho-Maryland Mine Draft EIR & Public Meeting to Provide Comments

    Notice is hereby given that a 60-day review period has begun to provide interested individuals an opportunity to review & respond to the adequacy of the draft environmental impact report prepared for that project known as the Idaho-Maryland Mine Project. Learn More
  47. COVID-19 NewsFlash (8)

    Health Officer Replaces Local Masking Requirements to a Masking Recommendation Effective Wednesday

    As the local masking order is rescinded, it is still highly recommended that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a high-quality mask while in public spaces. Learn More
  48. MicroBiz Grants

    Support for Local Microbusinesses: Nevada County Will Open Microbusiness Grants on February 23rd

    Microbusinesses in Nevada County may be eligible for $2,500 in grant funding. Applications will be open Friday, February 23rd at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, March 25th at 5:00 p.m. Learn More
  49. 2022 PIT Count - NewsFlash

    Nevada County’s 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count Set for February 24th

    Point-in-time (PIT) counts are required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to receive federal funding to address homelessness. Results will be posted to once available. Learn More