John Hybarger, Chairperson
Chairperson Hybarger, representing the First Supervisorial District, was appointed on May 15, 2001. He is a life-long resident of the city of Baldwin Park where he has been a teacher for over three decades. He and his wife have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Always in love with the landscape, Commissioner Hybarger enjoys hiking, bicycling, travel, fishing and shooting, and being with people who enjoy the out-of-doors.
Having hunted and fished since boyhood, Commissioner Hybarger, who grew up on Boy's Life and the writings of Jack O'Connor, Robert Ruark, Ernest Hemingway and other classical outdoor writers, respects the romance and tradition of the outdoorsman, and considers that ethic important to a true respect for the land and wildlife that is quickly disappearing.
To encourage the continuance of the adventurous and outdoor life for young people, Commissioner Hybarger sponsors and conducts an outdoor recreation and education program for junior high school boys and girls. The Urban Wilderness Outing focuses on appreciating and using the many varieties of outdoor encounters that are available throughout Los Angeles County and neighboring sites.
Believing in being an active participant in conservation and sportsman's issues, along with a number of professional organizations, Commissioner Hybarger has been a member and Director/Secretary for the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep for many years. He also holds memberships with the Wildlife Society, The Responsible Anglers Association, the Fishing in the City Program, Cal Trout, Jane Goodall Institute, Ocean Institute, and is a volunteer with the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy. Commissioner Hybarger is currently the Secretary for the California Association of County Fish and Wildlife Commissioners.
Commissioner Hybarger is an advocate for hunting and fishing activities which are supported by healthy habitats, good management policies based on accurate scientific data, and legislation that recognizes the need to maintain ecological sound areas that provide for human access so that the traditional sportsman's activities can be enjoyed by current and future generations.