IRVINE — Acting quickly to turn the page on a scandal that has dominated Orange County government for months, Gov. Pete Wilson on Wednesday appointed child advocate and Orange City Councilman William G. Steiner to succeed Supervisor Don R. Roth, who resigned amid allegations of influence-peddling.
Steiner, the executive director of the Orangewood Children's Foundation, pledged to begin work immediately to establish a county children's agenda, to help solve mounting fiscal problems and to put to rest the government ethics questions that led to a criminal investigation of his predecessor.
"Bill just dominated the field," Wilson said after his announcement, delivered at a news conference at the Lakeshore Towers. "He stood head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd."
When he is sworn in March 15, Steiner will represent more than 482,000 people in northern Orange County's 4th Supervisorial District, centered in Anaheim. He will become the odds-on favorite for election to the seat next year.