Life after office; Roseville’s Duran talks past,futureBy: Brody Fernandez, Reporter
Jack Duran, serving two four-year terms as a Placer County supervisor starting in 2010, didn’t plan on being on the board.
“I never really wanted to be on the board,” Duran said. “There was simply a need for more stable leadership at the time and I stepped in.”
According to Duran, two items from his time as a supervisor stand out: the correctional realignment implementation plan with latest groundbreaking developments on the 130,000-square-foot indoor sports complex and fixing many of Placer County’s homelessness concerns.
“I am very proud of the work the county, Placer Valley Tourism and the city of Roseville have done to develop the Placer County Fairgrounds into a regional attraction,” Duran said.
Duran “was thrilled” when he oversaw the developments of Placer County’s newest indoor sports complex.
“I recently attended the groundbreaking for the 130,000-square-foot sports complex, which looks like it will be a great addition to the community, event-wise,” Duran said. “I understood how much of a need there was for this type of facility. I also understood the revenue this would create in our region alone.”
The former supervisor said the plan for this complex crystallized when he and other supervisors helped the fairgrounds oversight committee in 2017.
“At that point, the committee looked at what this area could really use. They said, ‘let's fix the fairgrounds first’ and then asked ‘what could we add.’ Placer Valley Tourism then stopped in and now we see that 56 acres of property being well-utilized,” Duran said. “This is something that could benefit everybody. That kind of stuff sells itself. I look forward to attending events there.”
Duran’s work to curb the county’s homelessness problems remains another proud achievement for him.
“We were finally drawing a line in the sand in regard to homelessness and charting a path on what we were going to to about it,” Duran said. “We conducted great analysis on housing in Placer County to further aid homeless individuals and help to drive homeless numbers down.”
According to Duran, Roseville’s homelessness population dropped 19 percent and county-wide 12 percent from 2016 to 2017. Duran said the decreases happened as surrounding counties experienced an increase in homelessness numbers.
“I think the citizenry in our area does a great job at supporting the mechanisms that go on to help and support homeless individuals,” Duran said. “We’ve been very methodical about doing what works for us here in Placer County and Roseville.”
Local leaders praised Duran’s involvement as a supervisor.
“I’ve known Jack for many years and have always appreciated his candor and willingness to roll up his sleeves to work on meaningful projects for Roseville and Placer County,” said Roseville Vice-Mayor Krista Bernasconi. “Jack has incredible knowledge of our region. With his background and love of Roseville, I know he’ll continue to put that experience to work serving our community.”
Duran played a vital role in developing Roseville in the right direction, according to Roseville Councilman Scott Alvord.
"Jack was a valuable catalyst to the economic development associated with the Placer County Fairgrounds,’ Alvord said. “He has also been a leader in trying to solve the complex problem of homelessness."
Now out of office, Duran plans to spend more time with his family.
“After 22 years in public life in various community positions, I plan to focus primarily on my family,” Duran said. “They have made just as many, if not more, sacrifices as I have over the years to commit to community service.”
In addition, Duran has taken on new work responsibilities in South Dakota. He was recently appointed as an associate justice of the Sioux Nation’s Supreme Court there.
“I am truly honored,” Duran said. “In this position, I get to travel three to four times annually to South Dakota for hearings and provide critical legal guidance to the Sioux Nation, which, aside from Placer County, is one of the most beautiful places in the United States.”
Duran emphasized the importance of giving back to the community and his alma mater, Sierra College.
“There are a tremendous amount of great nonprofit and service organizations in Placer County who all do great work that I would not mind assisting. I was recently asked to participate as a member of the Sierra Community College Wolverine Athletic Association, which assists with the colleges sporting events,” Duran said. “Presently, I am enjoying private life and getting to see my family more often.I do not have any plans to run for office in the near future, but if there is a position I think I can add something to, I would consider it.”
Jack Duran at a glance
Jack Duran moved to Roseville at 18, attending Sierra College and working as a truck driver for UPS shortly after. Duran put himself through California State University, Sacramento and the McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated with honors. He was deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice before transitioning into private practice. Duran and his wife, Kim, have been married for more than 25 years and live in Roseville with their two sons, Jared and Jakob.
Before Duran became the first Latino supervisor in 2010, he was Roseville Joint Union High School District Board president. As a supervisor, Duran served on boards and commissions dealing with oversight of policy, community programs and government services.