Kern County, California

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The Public Information Office is a function of the County Administrative Office that serves as a resource to the public for information about County government and provides updates and news releases on significant developments.

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Escape the Heat: Cooling Center Information and Current Status

Senior citizens and others at risk from extreme heat can find relief at cooling centers across Kern County. Cooling center information will be updated daily.

Kern County's 3-Year Strategic Goals  (5,875K PDF)

"Culture Drives Great Results" is a quote from former General Electric CEO Jack Welch that serves as a motto for Kern County's 3-Year Strategic Goals.  Kern County is aggressively engaged in creating a culture that promotes excellence, innovation and continuous improvement. 

FY 2017-18 CAO Preliminary Recommended Budget Available  (PDF)

The FY 2017-18 Preliminary Recommended Budget will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. This document is not the final budget and is produced for the purpose of complying with the County Budget Act that requires Counties to present a recommended budget for approval prior to June 30. Budget hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. with a special evening meeting to receive public comments on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Take the Summer Reading Challenge!

Keep children learning & engaged all summer long at the Kern County Library's Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children to read during June-July and instills a love of reading. Numerous studies show that children who read for fun during the Summer often out-perform other children once back in school. The KCL Summer Reading Challenge also offers hundreds of FREE events and programs for all ages. Learn more at

Share Your Thoughts on a Vision for Hart Park  (1,286K PDF)

Attend one of three community meetings, or send us an email with your ideas for the future of Hart Park.
Comparte Tus Ideas sobre la Vision para mejorar Hart Park

Meeting Schedule:
Tuesday, June 13th - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
East Bakersfield Veterans Hall
2101 Ridge Road, Bakersfield

Monday, June 19th - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Board of Supervisors Chambers
1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield

Tuesday, June 27th - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
David Head Center
10300 San Diego St., Lamont

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Tehachapi  (699K PDF)

This one-day only drop-off collection event will be held at the Tehachapi Landfill on Sat., August 5th, 2017, from 9am to Noon. Other options for disposing of household hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Kernville  (564K PDF)

This one-day only drop-off collection event will be held at the Kern Valley Transfer Station on Sat., August 19th, 2017, from 9am to Noon. Other options for disposing of household hazardous waste

County Cooling Centers Now Available

Beginning May 15th, 2017, senior citizens and others at risk from extreme heat can find relief at cooling centers across Kern County. Cooling center information will be updated daily.

County Spray Parks Now Open

The Spray Parks are free to the public and are open daily at the following Kern County Parks:
Pioneer Park and Mojave Park - from 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Casa Loma Park - from 12:00 - 5:00 pm (due to water restrictions)
--- Photograph courtesy of Courtney Mackay ---

Kern County Implements New Security Screening  (863K PDF)

Beginning March 27, 2017, all visitors to the Administrative Center at 1115 Truxtun Avenue will be required to submit to a security screening process prior to gaining access to the building. The public will only be allowed into the building through the south entrance.   List of Prohibited Items

2017 Boat Permits Available Online

We are pleased to announce that 2017 Kern County Annual "All Lakes", and "Lake Isabella Only" boat permits are now available for sale online. For additional information, please contact the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department at (661) 868-7000 during regular business hours, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. To place your boat permit order by phone, call the above number.

Supervisor Scrivner delivers 2017 State of the County address  (video)

Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner, Chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors for 2017, delivered the nineteenth annual State of the County address to a record crowd of community leaders from throughout Kern County on the evening of January 25th.  View text of speech.

The Parks Department has Moved  (255K PDF)

On Monday, December 12th, 2016, the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department relocated from their previous 2820 "M" Street Location to the 3rd floor of the County Administrative Building at 1115 Truxtun Avenue.

County Seeks Volunteers Who Want to Make a Difference

Why Volunteer? You are needed now more than ever and Kern County Volunteers enjoy many rewards such as gaining valuable experience, developing new interests and friendships, learning about County programs and services, enjoying new challenges, and giving back to your community.

Welcome to the County of Kern's Financial Transparency Portal

Presenting an interactive and user-friendly platform for Kern County's financial data, this website illustrates the County's current budget, year-to-date budget and actual revenues and expenses for the previous five years.

Tour Kern County's Mojave Desert with Supervisor Scrivner

Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner explores 150 years of mining history that is still being made today.

Kern County Property Tax Portal Launched

Visit our new property tax information site to get an overview of the property tax process in Kern County. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions and the most commonly requested property tax information.

Report on the Public Input Process for Kern County Library Services

Kern Patriot Partnership Website Launched

The Kern County Veterans Service Department is proud to announce the Kern Patriot Partnership (KPP), a program dedicated to connecting Kern County Veterans with local employers and which was developed in partnership with Chevron, USA.

Kern veterans and your families: Let us serve you!

If you served honorably in the military, thank you for your service and sacrifice for this country. Thank you also to the spouses and dependents who served along with you. Regardless of your era, your branch, your post or your assignment, you are likely entitled to state and federal veterans' benefits, and your dependents may also qualify for benefits. To learn about your veteran's benefits, click here, go to or contact the Kern County Veterans Service Department at 661-868-7300 or 1-866-218-5367.

'Healthy Choices' for a Better Tomorrow

The SNAP-Ed "Healthy Choices" program helps those age 60 + to establish healthier eating habits and a more physically-active lifestyle. For information regarding the Aging and Adult Services "Healthy Choices" program, please call 661-868-1057, or click the link above.

Surplus County Property Auctions

The County of Kern contracts with private firms to auction off County vehicles and other types of used surplus property. The Web page linked above displays the upcoming auction dates and a current list of County vehicles and other property for sale.

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