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COUNTY SUPERVISOR, IN-DEPTH: Privilege To Make A Difference

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Dave Pine is a County Supervisor for San Mateo County in California. Dave explains what he likes and dislikes about his job, the different types of jobs he's had before being elected and the difficulty of getting a job in his industry

School: University of Michigan
Degree: Doctor of Juris
Job Title: County Supervisor
Employer: San Mateo County

Job Summary: Political Scientists

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Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze the structure and operation of governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.

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$50,000 - $155,000
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m='14760'>I</span> <span m='14900'>feel</span> <span m='15070'>very</span> <span m='15330'>fortunate</span> <span m='15830'>that</span> <span m='15980'>I</span> <span m='16200'>do</span> <span m='16550'>have</span> <span m='17920'>a</span> <span m='18070'>seat</span> <span m='18310'>at</span> <span m='18400'>the</span> <span m='18540'>table.</span> </p><p><span m='19260'>And</span> <span m='19760'>I</span> <span m='19940'>am</span> <span m='20170'>in</span> <span m='20230'>a</span> <span m='20290'>position</span> <span m='20660'>where</span> <span m='22210'>I</span> <span m='22310'>can</span> <span m='22470'>make</span> <span m='22650'>a</span> <span m='22720'>difference.</span> <span m='23620'>I'm only</span> <span m='24030'>one</span> <span m='24420'>person,</span> <span m='24940'>but</span> <span m='26170'>because</span> <span m='26760'>the</span> <span m='27600'>voters</span> <span m='27890'>have</span> <span m='27990'>put</span> <span m='28160'>me</span> <span m='28250'>in</span> <span m='28330'>this</span> <span m='28510'>position,</span> <span m='29400'>I</span> <span m='29570'>have</span> <span m='29790'>more</span> <span m='30020'>ability</span> <span m='30380'>to</span> <span m='30490'>make</span> <span m='30750'>change</span> <span m='31210'>than</span> <span m='31520'>if</span> <span m='31710'>I</span> <span m='31780'>weren't</span> <span m='33130'>elected.</span> <span m='34880'>So</span> <span m='35010'>that's</span> <span m='35160'>a</span> <span m='35220'>real</span> <span m='35400'>privilege.</span> </p><p><span m='36390'>And</span> <span m='36450'>then</span> <span m='36960'>secondly,</span> <span m='38452'>I'm</span> <span m='38810'>a</span> <span m='39320'>naturally</span> <span m='39960'>curious</span> <span m='40400'>person,</span> <span m='40870'>and</span> <span m='41120'>I</span> <span m='41190'>just</span> <span m='41990'>learn</span> <span m='42500'>all</span> <span m='42900'>the</span> <span m='43030'>time.</span> <span m='44180'>So</span> <span m='44270'>any</span> <span m='44490'>time</span> <span m='44790'>I</span> <span m='44860'>pick</span> <span m='45090'>up</span> <span m='45240'>a</span> <span m='45300'>new</span> <span m='45510'>issue,</span> <span m='46120'>it's</span> <span m='48820'>an</span> <span m='48990'>area</span> <span m='49260'>that</span> <span m='49490'>I</span> <span m='50320'>can</span> <span m='50550'>learn</span> <span m='50780'>new</span> <span m='50950'>things,</span> <span m='51500'>and</span> <span m='51670'>talk</span> <span m='51920'>to</span> <span m='52020'>experts.</span> </p><p><span m='53890'>And</span> <span m='54150'>I</span> <span m='54220'>would</span> <span m='54350'>say</span> <span m='54540'>thirdly,</span> <span m='55510'>you</span> <span m='55710'>meet</span> <span m='55930'>all</span> <span m='56180'>kinds</span> <span m='56460'>of</span> <span m='56550'>people</span> <span m='56920'>as</span> <span m='57050'>an</span> <span m='57120'>elected</span> <span m='57420'>official.</span> </p><p><span m='58390'>I</span> <span m='58500'>think</span> <span m='58670'>the</span> <span m='58770'>toughest</span> <span m='59110'>thing</span> <span m='59290'>about</span> <span m='60720'>the</span> <span m='60840'>public</span> <span m='61220'>sector</span> <span m='61800'>and</span> <span m='63030'>my</span> <span m='63270'>job</span> <span m='63650'>is</span> <span m='65730'>that</span> <span m='66660'>while</span> <span m='67050'>I'm</span> <span m='67250'>in</span> <span m='67320'>position</span> <span m='67680'>to</span> <span m='67750'>help</span> <span m='68020'>change</span> <span m='68370'>things,</span> <span m='71740'>it</span> <span m='72740'>takes</span> <span m='72960'>a</span> <span m='73010'>great</span> <span m='73240'>deal</span> <span m='73430'>of</span> <span m='73820'>patience</span> <span m='74360'>and</span> <span m='74490'>perseverance.</span> <span m='76750'>And</span> <span m='77270'>you</span> <span m='77640'>wish</span> <span m='77930'>that</span> <span m='78200'>things</span> <span m='78420'>could</span> <span m='78550'>happen</span> <span m='78990'>much</span> <span m='79290'>more</span> <span m='79520'>quickly.</span> </p><p><span m='80310'>I've</span> <span m='80540'>always</span> <span m='80920'>had</span> <span m='81150'>a</span> <span m='81210'>great</span> <span m='81540'>interest</span> <span m='81950'>in</span> <span m='82050'>policy</span> <span m='82450'>and</span> <span m='82520'>politics</span> <span m='83120'>since</span> <span m='83220'>I</span> <span m='83320'>was</span> <span m='84900'>a</span> <span m='85030'>kid.</span> <span m='85490'>So</span> <span m='85830'>it's</span> <span m='85960'>always</span> <span m='86340'>something</span> <span m='86610'>that</span> <span m='86720'>I've</span> <span m='86860'>been</span> <span m='87480'>very</span> <span m='87690'>passionate</span> <span m='88190'>about.</span> </p><p><span m='89960'>I</span> <span m='90050'>spent</span> <span m='91060'>the</span> <span m='91220'>first</span> <span m='91930'>25</span> <span m='92610'>or</span> <span m='92760'>so</span> <span m='92990'>years</span> <span m='93290'>of</span> <span m='93350'>my</span> <span m='93510'>career</span> <span m='93840'>in a</span> <span m='94170'>really</span> <span m='94700'>different</span> <span m='95370'>area,</span> <span m='96290'>working</span> <span m='97010'>as</span> <span m='97200'>a</span> <span m='97260'>lawyer,</span> <span m='97650'>working</span> <span m='98030'>in</span> <span m='98400'>business.</span> <span m='100200'>So</span> <span m='102050'>I</span> <span m='102280'>made a</span> <span m='102390'>very</span> <span m='102630'>conscious</span> <span m='103030'>choice</span> <span m='103570'>to</span> <span m='103730'>switch</span> <span m='104050'>directions.</span> </p><p><span m='105090'>If</span> <span m='105160'>you</span> <span m='105260'>define</span> <span m='105640'>what</span> <span m='105790'>I</span> <span m='105890'>do--</span> <span m='106790'>I</span> <span m='107090'>serve</span> <span m='107450'>in an</span> <span m='107570'>elected</span> <span m='107990'>office.</span> <span m='108970'>And</span> <span m='110040'>my</span> <span m='110220'>position</span> <span m='110910'>is</span> <span m='111110'>full</span> <span m='111400'>time,</span> <span m='111930'>and</span> <span m='112120'>I'm</span> <span m='112280'>paid</span> <span m='112540'>a</span> <span m='112620'>salary</span> <span m='113570'>for</span> <span m='113680'>that.</span> <span m='115020'>There</span> <span m='115230'>aren't</span> <span m='115660'>many</span> <span m='116850'>positions</span> <span m='117440'>of</span> <span m='117570'>that</span> <span m='117820'>kind</span> <span m='118640'>anywhere</span> <span m='119010'>in</span> <span m='119080'>the</span> <span m='119160'>country.</span> </p><p><span m='120190'>San Mateo</span> <span m='120580'>County</span> <span m='120920'>is a</span> <span m='120980'>large</span> <span m='121280'>county. It's</span> <span m='121650'>740,000</span> <span m='123250'>people,</span> <span m='123620'>so</span> <span m='123860'>we're</span> <span m='124020'>bigger</span> <span m='124270'>than</span> <span m='124440'>many</span> <span m='124690'>states.</span> <span m='127640'>But</span> <span m='127800'>in most</span> <span m='128169'>counties</span> <span m='128600'>around</span> <span m='128919'>the</span> <span m='128990'>country,</span> <span m='130009'>the</span> <span m='130250'>county</span> <span m='130680'>supervisor</span> <span m='131600'>would</span> <span m='131780'>be</span> <span m='132060'>a</span> <span m='132130'>part-time</span> <span m='132640'>position,</span> <span m='133930'>very</span> <span m='134260'>likely</span> <span m='134520'>without</span> <span m='134780'>any</span> <span m='134960'>salary</span> <span m='135390'>at</span> <span m='135470'>all.</span> <span m='136540'>So</span> <span m='136840'>if</span> <span m='136900'>you</span> <span m='136990'>want</span> <span m='137120'>to</span> <span m='137160'>make</span> <span m='137320'>your</span> <span m='137480'>living</span> <span m='138730'>as</span> <span m='139010'>an</span> <span m='139140'>elected</span> <span m='139580'>official,</span> <span m='140910'>there</span> <span m='141650'>are</span> <span m='141670'>very</span> <span m='141950'>few</span> <span m='142260'>jobs</span> <span m='143540'>out</span> <span m='143720'>there</span> <span m='143900'>to</span> <span m='144000'>compete</span> <span m='144390'>for.</span> <span m='145340'>And</span> <span m='145940'>typically,</span> <span m='146580'>or</span> <span m='146650'>most</span> <span m='146870'>commonly,</span> <span m='148150'>you have</span> <span m='148440'>to</span> <span m='148730'>work</span> <span m='149000'>your</span> <span m='149100'>way</span> <span m='149280'>up</span> <span m='149480'>to</span> <span m='149640'>these</span> <span m='150340'>larger</span> <span m='150730'>elected</span> <span m='151100'>positions.</span> </p><p><span m='152350'>There</span> <span m='152550'>are</span> <span m='153240'>thousands</span> <span m='153900'>and</span> <span m='154000'>thousands</span> <span m='154620'>of</span> <span m='155080'>jobs</span> <span m='155410'>across</span> <span m='155700'>the</span> <span m='155790'>country</span> <span m='156550'>to</span> <span m='156650'>serve</span> <span m='156920'>on</span> <span m='157090'>a</span> <span m='157330'>local</span> <span m='157670'>counsel,</span> <span m='158150'>a city</span> <span m='158250'>council,</span> <span m='158660'>or a</span> <span m='158890'>school</span> <span m='159230'>board</span> <span m='160085'>in</span> <span m='160460'>any</span> <span m='160790'>kind</span> <span m='160950'>of</span> <span m='161020'>smaller</span> <span m='162020'>city.</span> <span m='163040'>And</span> <span m='163170'>that's</span> <span m='163340'>going</span> <span m='163470'>to</span> <span m='163530'>be a</span> <span m='163720'>part</span> <span m='164000'>time</span> <span m='164250'>job,</span> <span m='166120'>with</span> <span m='166940'>little</span> <span m='167220'>or</span> <span m='167310'>no</span> <span m='167500'>compensation.</span> </p><p><span m='169290'>So</span> <span m='170430'>if</span> <span m='170730'>you</span> <span m='170850'>really</span> <span m='171040'>want</span> <span m='171280'>to</span> <span m='171360'>be</span> <span m='171540'>a</span> <span m='171600'>full</span> <span m='171830'>time</span> <span m='172070'>politician</span> <span m='172640'>with</span> <span m='172840'>a</span> <span m='173320'>salary,</span> <span m='175200'>you're</span> <span m='175370'>likely</span> <span m='175650'>going</span> <span m='175800'>to</span> <span m='175880'>need</span> <span m='176140'>to</span> <span m='176260'>have</span> <span m='176820'>another</span> <span m='177180'>career</span> <span m='177750'>and</span> <span m='178310'>serve</span> <span m='179260'>your</span> <span m='179410'>community</span> <span m='179880'>in</span> <span m='179960'>other</span> <span m='180170'>ways</span> <span m='180710'>for</span> <span m='180880'>a</span> <span m='180920'>period</span> <span m='181180'>of</span> <span m='181250'>time</span> <span m='182430'>before</span> <span m='182860'>you</span> <span m='183000'>could</span> <span m='183610'>compete</span> <span m='184110'>for</span> <span m='185580'>a</span> <span m='185740'>job</span> <span m='186120'>like</span> <span m='186350'>I</span> <span m='186470'>hold.</span> </p><p><span m='187500'>The</span> <span m='187680'>work/life</span> <span m='188040'>balance</span> <span m='188740'>is</span> <span m='189010'>a</span> <span m='189090'>big</span> <span m='189460'>challenge</span> <span m='189950'>to</span> <span m='190080'>the</span> <span m='190220'>job</span> <span m='191140'>because</span> <span m='192840'>I</span> <span m='193030'>could</span> <span m='193240'>fill</span> <span m='193520'>up</span> <span m='195310'>three</span> <span m='195650'>days</span> <span m='196190'>in</span> <span m='196370'>every</span> <span m='196590'>one</span> <span m='196880'>day</span> <span m='197190'>with</span> <span m='197430'>all</span> <span m='197630'>the</span> <span m='197730'>things that</span> <span m='198080'>I</span> <span m='198320'>could</span> <span m='198520'>think</span> <span m='198720'>about</span> <span m='199000'>working</span> <span m='199380'>on.</span> <span m='199900'>And</span> <span m='200060'>first,</span> <span m='200350'>there are</span> <span m='201830'>literally</span> <span m='202270'>hundreds</span> <span m='202620'>of</span> <span m='202740'>issues that</span> <span m='203160'>I</span> <span m='203270'>could</span> <span m='203490'>try</span> <span m='203800'>to</span> <span m='204270'>become</span> <span m='204630'>an</span> <span m='204730'>expert</span> <span m='205100'>on.</span> </p><p><span m='205830'>And</span> <span m='206050'>secondly,</span> <span m='206470'>there's</span> <span m='206980'>countless</span> <span m='207430'>opportunities</span> <span m='208080'>to</span> <span m='208660'>interact</span> <span m='209100'>with</span> <span m='209210'>the</span> <span m='209310'>public.</span> <span m='210640'>So</span> <span m='213390'>politicians</span> <span m='214050'>in</span> <span m='214140'>my</span> <span m='214330'>job</span> <span m='215430'>work</span> <span m='215730'>hard,</span> <span m='217580'>generally.</span> <span m='219890'>So</span> <span m='220070'>if</span> <span m='220220'>you</span> <span m='220380'>want</span> <span m='220620'>to</span> <span m='220660'>have</span> <span m='220910'>time</span> <span m='221150'>with</span> <span m='221280'>your</span> <span m='221440'>family</span> <span m='222640'>or</span> <span m='222910'>pursue</span> <span m='223330'>other</span> <span m='223710'>interests,</span> <span m='225030'>you</span> <span m='225250'>have</span> <span m='225390'>to</span> <span m='225490'>have</span> <span m='225610'>the</span> <span m='225670'>ability</span> <span m='226120'>to</span> <span m='226640'>turn</span> <span m='226920'>it</span> <span m='227010'>off.</span> </p><p><span m='228210'>And</span> <span m='228440'>it's</span> <span m='228570'>a</span> <span m='228620'>very</span> <span m='228890'>exciting</span> <span m='229370'>job.</span> <span m='229910'>It's</span> <span m='230060'>very</span> <span m='231900'>all</span> <span m='234360'>encompassing.</span> <span m='235580'>And</span> <span m='236650'>so</span> <span m='238140'>I</span> <span m='238300'>have</span> <span m='238520'>to</span> <span m='238640'>work</span> <span m='239220'>hard</span> <span m='239520'>at</span> <span m='239590'>making</span> <span m='239870'>sure</span> <span m='240110'>that</span> <span m='241080'>I</span> <span m='241150'>do</span> <span m='241320'>turn it</span> <span m='241580'>off</span> <span m='241750'>from</span> <span m='241880'>time</span> <span 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