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Supervisor Mayfield dies
Thomas Mayfield, the Hughson farmer who became chairman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, has died after an extended illness.

"It's a sad day for Stanislaus County," stated Rick Robinson, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Officer. "Chairman Mayfield brought a spark to our Board that cannot be replaced. We have lost not only an outstanding leader, but a dear friend."

Mayfield had been a member of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors since January 1993 and was completing his fourth and final term of office. He represented District 2, which comprises most of the south eastern portion of Stanislaus County. He served on numerous committees and commissions. He was especially known for his strong interest in the issues of agriculture and was an ardent proponent of family-related issues.

As a supervisor, one of Mayfield's goals was to re-create county government. He focused on accountability in government and encouraged quick follow through on issues and adherence to timetables on projects to minimize impact on taxpayers.

A number of major capital projects were completed during his terms in office, including the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center and the Sheriff Operations Center west of Ceres; the Community Services Agency "StanWorks" building, the Ray Simon Criminal Justice Center near Ceres, the Tenth Street Place city/county building, 12th Street office building, the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts; and the Stanislaus County Ag Center.

He and wife Anita owned and operated a farm growing walnuts and almonds and also operated a hulling business. Before he became a supervisor, Mayfield served 10 years on the Hughson Elementary School Board. He was member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, the Hughson Chamber of Commerce and St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hughson.

Mr. Mayfield was born in Holtville and raised in Imperial County. His family moved to Hughson where he graduated from Hughson High School. He worked in construction in Alaska prior to serving in the Air Force.

Mayfield leaves behind his wife, Anita Mayfield of Hughson; and three children and three grandchildren.