Don Ashton named CAO of El Dorado County | Village Life

Don Ashton named CAO of El Dorado County | Village Life
May 27, 2016 raa_staff

In a unanimous vote El Dorado County’s five-member Board of Supervisors appointed Don Ashton as the new, permanent chief administrative officer of the county.The announcement came after nearly an hour-long closed session Tuesday afternoon, May 24. The appointment took effect May 25. No details have been released yet regarding salary compensation and benefits nor a list of other candidates who vied for the job. Recruitment for the position was conducted by the Roseville-based consulting firm of Ralph Andersen & Associates.“Be here tomorrow,” board Chairman Ron Mikulaco joshed Ashton after the decision was made public.Ashton began a brief “acceptance speech” with the maxim “You can run faster alone, but you can run farther together,” and said he hopes to run farther. “I’m excited to help make El Dorado County even better,” he said. “It’s great as it is, but it will be fun to make it even greater.”Over the past month or so, supervisors received glowing letters of support and endorsement for Ashton. One came from seven El Dorado County elected officials and another was signed by all five of the county’s Superior Court judges. The latter cited positive changes Ashton has made as director of the Health and Human Services Agency, especially in the areas of children’s services and mental health. He has been with that department for about three years. Prior service in the county was in the Sheriff’s Department and the Chief Administrative Office.Supervisors took turns congratulating Ashton on his appointment and new role as CAO.District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp reminded Ashton, “There is a new Gold Standard for public service in the county.”Michael Ranalli, District 4 said, “We’re looking forward to your strong leadership.”District 5’s Sue Novasel said it has been “an honor to work with you” as head of the HHSA.Ashton thanked each supervisor for their support and kind welcome.Keeping things light, Mikulaco wrapped up the meeting with another maxim, “Every journey starts with one step. Yours is tomorrow.”El Dorado County sent out a prepared statement late Tuesday afternoon formally announcing the board’s decision. The statement cited Ashton’s degrees, a bachelor’s in environmental health and safety and a master’s in public administration from California State University, Northridge.“The Board of Supervisors was most impressed by Ashton’s professionalism, collaborative leadership approach, his level of integrity and transparency, and finally his emphasis on working closely with the community to best meet the needs of El Dorado County residents and visitors,” the statement notes.Prior to relocating to El Dorado County in January 2011, Ashton worked in Los Angeles County for more than 17 years in a variety of leadership positions, including budget/finance, human resources, strategic planning and lastly as a deputy executive officer in the Executive Office for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors where he was responsible for overseeing all administrative, budget/finance and human resources functions, as well as the Operations Division for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which included managing the clerk of the board functions, providing staff support to more than 20 board-appointed advisory commissions and ensuring compliance with open meeting laws and processes.“I am thankful to the board for this opportunity and look forward to working with the board, department heads, city leaders and our community to achieve the county’s mission to provide efficient, courteous and effective services and infrastructure for safety, protection and well-being of our residents, businesses and visitors, and to become the ‘Gold Standard of Public Service’,” Ashton said.
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