Supervisor Bruce Gibson

Supervisor Bruce GibsonBruce Gibson, 61, is a fifth-generation Californian who has lived in Cayucos and Cambria since 1989. Bruce has two grown sons, Brian and Scott. He has been active in San Luis Obispo County’s public issues for some two decades.

Bruce was first elected 2nd District Supervisor in 2006. Previously, he had compiled a long history of community service, starting on the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council and the Cayucos Land Conservancy Board of Directors. In addition, Bruce was a trustee and former President of the Board of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.

He served as the 2nd District representative to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission in 2005-2006, prior to which he had served on a variety of committees for the county and local school districts (see complete list below).

After graduating from Pomona College, Gibson completed his master’s degree in geophysics at the University of Hawaii. In 1976, he took a job in Houston, Texas, doing research in exploration seismology. After eight years there, Bruce helped establish a seismic exploration program at Rice University, where he also earned his doctorate. With the move to Cambria, Bruce switched fields from geophysics to agriculture.

Since 1990, Bruce has operated a 170-acre ranch in rural Cayucos, where he farms the county’s oldest commercial orange grove. He is a licensed pilot and he loves all forms of recreation that involve being on, in, or under water.

Public Service           
Before his election to the Board of Supervisors in 2006, Bruce was also part of some remarkable successes:

On two occasions, Bruce was honored to accept the San Luis Obispo County Environmental Achievement Award on behalf of organizations he has worked with: In 2003, he was Board President when the Land Conservancy was recognized for its conservation and restoration efforts. In 2005, Hearst Ranch Conservation NOW was honored for its contributions to the Hearst Ranch conservation project.

The common thread in all these activities and his service as County Supervisor has been the drive to bring diverse groups of people together to solve sometimes contentious problems. Bruce’s ability to lead discussions and balance competing interests has produced an impressive record of accomplishment with public boards, community advisory councils, land trusts, school committees, and advocacy groups.