County Administrative Officer, Monterey County, CA


The County Administrative Officer (CAO) is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors (Board). The CAO has supervisory authority over department heads except those elected or appointed by the Board. The current CAO is retiring after 14 years with the County. Serving as the Board’s Chief Executive Officer, the CAO provides policy-based program and financial decision-making support to the Board; oversees the day-to-day operation of the County’s 26 departments and 5,300 employees; and prepares and administers the County’s $1.5 billion budget. In addition, the CAO works closely with the community, business groups, County staff and consultants to develop programs meeting 21st Century challenges.

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Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in public/business administration or related field, and 10 years of progressive management experience as a senior level executive. California local government experience is desirable. A Master’s degree and at least five years’ experience reporting directly to or working with a legislative or policy-making body are also desirable credentials. 

The ideal candidate will be an experienced executive with an unblemished record of integrity and ethics; recognized as a leader and innovator; have excellent interpersonal skills; and have broad experience working in demographically and geographically diverse communities. In addition, the candidate will possess a progressive and flexible management style critical to creative problem solving for the complex matters facing the County. The ideal candidate will also be experienced in team building and staff development, customer service, revenue generation and enhancement, economic and community development, transportation and water resources management, land use planning, public safety, social services, information systems, and knowledgeable of environmental issues.


An application consisting of a copy of your resume with a signed cover letter outlining qualifications, an RJA supplemental questionnaire, and a list of five (5) professional references is required for consideration. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online by completing the online supplemental questionnaire and uploading their signed cover letter and references (see link below). If unable to apply online, contact RJA directly at (626) 447-3318 or by email: 

Dr. Richard Garcia, President.

Filing is Open Until Filled. First review of application materials will begin on July 26, 2019. Following that, application materials will be screened and evaluated, and preliminary interviews will be scheduled with candidates possessing the most relevant qualifications. Those applicants who possess the required knowledge, skills and work experience will be invited to participate in a competitive selection process. Selection of the County Administrative Officer will follow shortly thereafter.