County Board of Supervisors honors longtime former Rancho Santa Fe Association Manager


The County Board of Supervisors recently honored former longtime RSF Association Manager Pete Smith for “his outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to area residents.” Supervisor Bill Horn presented a proclamation to Smith on July 8 and the county board declared July 8 to be “Pete Smith Day” throughout the County of San Diego. Smith retired as Manager of the RSF Association at the end of June. (Note: A group of private citizens will be hosting a Pete Smith Appreciation Party in October. To attend the event and receive an invitation, email:

The entire proclamation presented to Smith is below:

“Proclamation presented by Vice Chairman Bill Horn:


WHEREAS, Pete Smith spent a few years in San Diego as a child before moving to Hacienda Heights and returned to the area to attend San Diego State University, graduating in 1975; and

WHEREAS, after graduation, Pete Smith traveled the United States in a Babyland Diaper van with a friend before beginning his banking career with California First Bank, now known as Union Bank; and

WHEREAS, for the past 23 years, Pete Smith has served the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe with integrity and dedication to the community; and

WHEREAS, Pete Smith worked diligently to defend the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s Protective Covenant, Bylaws, and other governing documents; and

WHEREAS, Pete Smith’s extensive financial expertise has proven to be a valuable Association resource; and

WHEREAS, Pete Smith has been a key supporter for many Rancho Santa Fe clubs and organizations, including the RSF Golf Club, RSF Tennis Club, Osuna Ranch, RSF School, RSF Foundation, RSF Community Center, RSF Garden Club, RSF Riding Club and RSF Senior Center; and

WHEREAS, Pete Smith has always conducted himself with kindness, empathy, humor and dignity, which garnered him the respect and affection of the Rancho Santa Fe Community and Association staff; and

WHEREAS, the skill with which Pete Smith carried out his duties resulted in Rancho Santa Fe being one of the top ten communities in the United States in which to live; and

WHEREAS, the outstanding work ethic of Pete Smith has comprised an important component of what makes Rancho Santa Fe so special and the community is grateful for his years of service; and

WHEREAS, Pete Smith currently serves on the board of directors for the San Diego County Capital Asset Leasing Corporation (SANCAL) as well as the Audit Committee; and

WHEREAS, in his free time, Pete Smith is an avid outdoorsman and his hiking milestones include rim to rim of the Grand Canyon, Machu Picchu, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Swiss Alps; and

WHEREAS, Pete Smith is a loving husband to Debbie, proud father to Caroline and Courtney, and doting grandfather to Mackayla; and

WHEREAS, the County of San Diego is committed to recognizing and honoring those individuals who are dedicated to the best ideals of public service, and Pete Smith is one such worthy citizen; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and all members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on this 8th day of July, 2014 that they commend PETE SMITH for his outstanding service, leadership and commitment to area residents, and do hereby declare this day to be “PETE SMITH DAY” throughout the County of San Diego.”


Gregory Cox, Supervisor 1st District

Dianne Jacob, Supervisor 2nd District

Dave Roberts, Supervisor 3rd District

Ron Roberts, Supervisor 4th District

Bill Horn, Supervisor 5th District