Supervisor District 5

District 5 includes the communities of Soda Springs, Washington, Graniteville, Hirschdale, Boca, Floriston, the Town of Truckee, and unincorporated areas along Highways 49, 20, 89, and Interstate 80.

Supervisor Hardy Bullock

District 5 is represented by Supervisor Hardy Bullock, who began his first term in January of 2021. Hardy was elected to serve as vice chair in 2023.

Learn more about Supervisor Bullock.

View a list of District 5 Supervisors, from 1856 to the present.

Committees & Commissions

Current Member:

  • Audit Review Committee
  • Capital Facilities Subcommittee
  • Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)
  • Ad Hoc Budget Review Subcommittee (spring 2023)
  • Nevada County Sanitation District #1 Board of Directors
  • Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District Board (NSAQMDB)
  • Truckee River Basin Water Group
  • Truckee River Watershed Council

Current Alternate:

  • CivicWell (formerly Local Government Commission)
  • California State Association of Counties Board of Directors
  • Economic Resource Council of Nevada County (ERC)
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Advisory Board
  • Multi-Agency Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
  • National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • Nevada County Finance Authority
  • Nevada County Sanitation District #1 Board of Directors
  • Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC)
  • Transit Services Commission (TSC)

Supervisor Bullock's Priorities

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

Teen Mental Wellness

Teenage Girl Wearing HeadphonesAdvocate for adolescent social and emotional wellbeing so that they can develop in a healthy way, build strong relationships, adapt to change and deal with life’s challenges.

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Racial Equity & Social Justice

Hands of all colors come together in the centerIn 2021, Supervisor Bullock served on the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, a collaboration with all three Nevada County cities/townships to develop a board resolution expressing a vision and actions to address local challenges with racial justice and equity. The subcommittee's work culminated in the addition of an equity and inclusion value statement to the County's Mission, Vision and Values Statement.


Planet EarthPreserve and protect the aspects of mountain living that we all cherish - clean air, healthy forests, clean waterways, and open space.

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Emergency Preparedness

Ready Nevada County logoLead the community in all-hazards planning, preparedness, response, and recovery with a focus on wildfire.

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  • Through his peak period visitation roundtable, the CCC (Convene, Champion & Catalyze), Supervisor Bullock has brought together key community partners to discuss topics ranging from wildfire prevention to preparing for Public Safety Outage Management (PSOM) events.
  • Go to for tips and information on emergency preparedness and response.


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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  • Supervisor Bullock spearheaded Nevada County joining the Truckee Housing Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which was formed to support the development of workforce housing for member agencies (including Placer County, Nevada County, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Truckee Tahoe Airport District) by acquiring, developing, or contracting for workforce housing and supporting housing programs for agency employees.
  • Hardy is working with the Town of Truckee to examine and improve regulations around vanlife regulations, including identifying resources, such as parking and blackwater waste disposal sites, collaborating with Hipcamp, and more.
  • Learn more about the County's latest affordable and workforce housing projects.

Peak Period Visitor Impacts

Discarded Can and Napkin on the GroundTruckee's population increased by at least 4,000 residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This, combined with an overall increase in utilization of outdoor recreational opportunities, led to unsustainable impacts on the entire region, including trash, traffic, parking, conflicts over access, need for additional infrastructure, and more.

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  • Supervisor Bullock founded a group to bring together the leadership of all the organizations impacted by or working to address issues. The CCC - Convene, Champion & Catalyze - has initiated critical conversations, and catalyzed solutions.

Public Health & COVID-19 Response

Female Doctor in MaskSupporting and following the guidance of public health officials and health experts is critical to the wellbeing of all members of our community.

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  • Supervisor Bullock helped get Tahoe Truckee Unified School District's staff vaccinated so they could re-open. It was one of the first school districts in the state to get all staff members vaccinated. 
  • Supervisor Bullock supports Dr. Scott Kellerman, Nevada County's Public Health Officer, as well as science and public health mandates.
  • Visit the County's Coronavirus page for information on testing, vaccination, and support for individuals and businesses


Silhouette of a Mountain Bike RiderSupervisor Bullock's lifelong passion for the outdoors, spending most weekends in the backcountry, off the grid, exploring new places to climb, ride, and hike, drives him to advocate for world-class recreational access and opportunities in District 5.

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  • Recreation Master Plan - At the October 12, 2021 board meeting, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding was requested for the purpose of preparing a recreation master plan. An RFP to prepare that plan will be issued in the fall of 2021, with completion targeted for fall or winter 2022. The process will seek input from the public on recreation desires and establish Nevada County's recreation priorities. 
  • Through the Open Space / Trails Ad Hoc Committee that was convened in 2021, Hardy helped develop the recommendation that the board establish recreation as one of its annual priorities. 
  • Heart of Gold Gravel bike race - Hardy founded this race to raise funds to support teen mental wellness.
  • Pines to Mines Trail - This trail will eventually connect Nevada City to Truckee. Connected communities is a concept that uses trail networks creating accessibility across diverse landscapes for multiple user groups such as cyclist, hikers, and equestrian enthusiast.
  • Responsible Hirschdale Recreation Access - In September 2021, Supervisor Bullock held a community meeting to better understand the conflict between recreationalists and private land owners. Since then, a working group has been formed to advise the County on resolution.
  • On August 23, 2022, the board voted to support Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's Connected Communities Trails Master Plan project, which will create recreation opportunities that complement our communities and improve stewardship of our national forests.  

Respect for Tribal Lands

Lake TahoeSupporting conservation of and respect for tribal lands and heritage in Nevada County. Supervisor Bullock is seeking to strengthen partnerships with the Washoe Tribe and bolster efforts to protect their archaeological and cultural resources.

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  • The Washoe (or Wašišiw, which means “people from here”) inhabited the land around Lake Tahoe dating back thousands of years. Da ow aga, the Washoe word for “edge of lake,” is the source for the name Lake Tahoe.
  • The Washoe would spend their winters at lower elevations and their springs and summers at Da ow aga, or Lake Tahoe, and surrounding lands. They considered Lake Tahoe a sacred place with healing powers, the source of many of their traditions and food sources. Stories passed down through generations portray Lake Tahoe as a place that gave life to the land, plants, animals, and people.
  • The discovery of gold and silver flooded the area with thousands of miners and settlers between 1848 and 1863. The intruders overused and exploited natural resources. In 1851, Indian Agent Jacob Holeman suggested that the government sign a treaty with the Washoe, writing, “the Indians having been driven from their lands, and their hunting ground destroyed without compensation, therefore they are in many instances reduced to a state of suffering bordering on starvation.” By 1862, the Washoe had lost all of its land.
  • Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
  • For thousands of years, Native Americans have occupied Summit Valley at Donner Summit in the summer. They came to escape the Nevada heat and to trade with California Native Americans. The ancient Native American tribal connection to this area began around 2000 BCE with the Martis people. They lived in Northern California on both the eastern and western sides of the Sierra Nevada but were gone from the region by 500 CE.
  • The Maidu were a peaceful, semi-nomadic tribe that inhabited the Sierra Nevada and adjacent valleys in Northern California (Plumas County and southern Lassen County). They were hunter-gatherers and fisherman. Prior to the Gold Rush, there were an estimated 4,000 Northern Maidu (Nisenan). Regretfully, the Maidu’s lands were right in the middle of where gold was found and they were overrun and their native food supplies vanished by the surge of white settlers and prospectors.

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