Keith Caldwell was born in Ohio and moved to Napa County in 1962. He grew up in American Canyon and graduated from Vintage High School. After attending and completing a Fire Fighter I Program at Solano Community College he began his career in the fire service in 1977 with the American Canyon Fire District. In 1990 Keith was promoted to the rank of Fire Chief and served in this position until his retirement in July 2007. Keith is married to Peri and has one son, Mitchell, who resides with his wife, Amanda, in American Canyon. Keith was elected to the Board of Supervisors in November 2008 and took office in January 2009. He was the first person in the state to receive the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Institute for Excellence in Government credential in December 2009.
During Keith’s career he served on many local and statewide boards and associations, including:
- Executive Board Member and Treasurer of Fire Districts Workers Compensation Insurance JPA
- Past President Napa County Fire Fighters Association
- Past President Napa Solano Fire Chiefs Association
- Member of the State of California CAL/Fire Command Team # 3
Issues Facing Napa County
- How to balance the need for affordable housing and at the same time provide protection of agricultural lands. Many jobs have been created in the County; however, many workers cannot afford to live here. This adds to the overall traffic congestion in the County.
- The continuation of services to County residents as the economy worsens and revenues diminish. The County is mandated to provide many services; however, State funding may be reduced or discontinued in this time of fiscal crisis.
- During this time of change and tough economic conditions, how do we provide our residents a “Quality of Life” and at the same time protect the environment and reduce our consumption of resources?
Issues Unique to District 5
- Groundwater continues to decline in the Coombsville area. Rainfall has been below average for multiple years and I am concerned that many wells will fail in the future, creating a “water emergency.” We need to find workable solutions and begin implementation soon.
- Traffic on highways 29 and 12 has increased significantly in recent years and commute traffic into the County has also increased at the same time that the City of American Canyon has developed new highway commercial sites. Any solutions to the problem will be very costly. Since the traffic is a regional problem, the solution and funding must also be regional and may require new special revenue.
Committees & Commissions for 2014
- Airport Industrial Area Subcommittee (AIASC)
- California State Association of Counties (CSAC) - Health and Human Services Policy Committee; Board of Directors Executive Committee (alternate)
- Emergency Medical Care Committee (EMCC)
- Great Wine Capitals Global Network (GWC)
- Mental Health Board
- Napa County Transportation Planning Agency (NCTPA) - Chair
- Napa Valley Transportation Authority
- Napa Valley Tourism Improvement District
- Conceptual Facility Master Plan Group
- American Canyon Group (two-by-two group)
- Napa Pipe Group
- Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay Group
- Napa Sanitation District (Alternate)
- North Bay Water Reuse Authority (NBWRA) - Chair
- San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) (Alternate)
- San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority
- Watershed Information Center and Conservancy of Napa County (WICC) - Board of Directors (Alternate)
- Napa County Fire Services Advisory Committee (Board liaison)