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County Administrative Officer
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The County Administrative Office (CAO) provides staff support to the Board of Supervisors, researching issues, preparing reports and analyses, and advising the Board on federal and State legislative proposals. The department coordinates and executes County administrative and financial policies, and it enforces the rules, regulations, policies and ordinances enacted by the Board.
A key responsibility of the CAO is developing the County budget and overseeing its execution. The CAO's Human Resources Division administers the County's talent acquisition and performance management programs, employee relations program, employee health benefits program, payroll services, and employee recognition program. The CAO also manages the County’s Compliance and Accountability function to provide additional oversight to the Board of Supervisors and is a centralized contact and source for public information. Services provided to other County departments include consultation on administrative, budgetary, and legislative matters, and analysis of administrative practices and procedures with recommendations for improvements. Grant research and assistance is also provided to departments.
The General Services Division, Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Clerk of the Board are also part of the County Administrative Office.
"To promote the effective and efficient delivery of County services by providing quality advice and assistance to the Board of Supervisors, departments, employees, and the public."
The County Administrative Office (CAO) works to strategically manage countywide implementation of policies and service goals at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, the legislative body for the County of Kern. The CAO responds to requests and referrals from the Board and conducts research and analyses in order to provide recommendations on how to best serve the public using available County resources.
The CAO’s responsibilities include a wide array of functions and activities:
Providing additional oversight on compliance and ethics in County business, including reviewing audit findings and assisting departments in formulating procedures to improve accountability.
Compliance and Accountability Website
Managing the County’s Economic Development efforts by coordinating programs to improve business conditions, attract new business, and create jobs to intelligently grow the local economy.
Economic Development Website
Serving as a resource to the public for information about County government and providing updates and news releases on significant developments.
Public Information Website
Kern County Strategic Plan (1,159K PDF ♦ adopted by the Board on 2/5/08)
Gang Violence in Kern County Strategic Plan (416K PDF ♦ adopted by the Board on 3/19/07)
Information Technology Strategic Plan (PDF ♦ adopted by the Board on 3/15/05)
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