This morning, Supervisor John J. Benoit notified colleagues and friends of the following information:
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Weeks of discomfort, dry coughing and extreme fatigue led to my having a CT Scan Wednesday. The scan revealed a number of pulmonary embolisms as well as a growth on the pancreas. There are also spots on my liver and in my lungs. I was immediately admitted and am currently undergoing treatment and testing at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.
It will be the middle of next week before a specific diagnosis is reached. However, the consensus of the doctors seems to be that I will need rest and an aggressive chemotherapy process.
In light of the above I must reluctantly reduce my workload. I will remain in close contact with my staff, however my Chief of Staff Michelle DeArmond is authorized to handle most matters to conclusion. I Intend to continue attending Board of Supervisors Meetings, but I may utilize video or teleconferencing. My outstanding staff will represent me at most other meetings.
I am hopeful that rest and appropriate treatment will result in my return to full work status in a few months. In the meantime, I appreciate all the prayers and support that I have received, and I trust in God and know that he has a plan.
JOHN J BENOIT, Chairman
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
For further information, contact Fourth District Chief of Staff Michelle DeArmond at (760) 863-8211.