County Elected Department Heads Show Uncommon Support for perspective New CEO, Don Ashton

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 05, 2016 / comments

This unusual letter of support was sent from the Elected Department heads of El Dorado County to the Supervisors that are charged with filling the position of El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer. 

The public document reads:

"We, the undersigned elected officials for El Dorado County, hereby submit our unanimous recommendation of and support for Don Ashton as the next El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer. 

"As you are no doubt aware, over the last few years El Dorado County has experienced a series of transitions in key county management positions. The many transitions in such critical positions as Chief Administrative Officer, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Human Resources Director, and County Counsel create an atmosphere of uncertainty and discontinuity. The citizens of El Dorado County have been promised the highest quality service delivered by an efficient, cost effective county work force. The employees tasked with delivering on that promise deserve stable, competent administrative leadership. 

"The seven elected department heads are unanimous in supporting Don Ashton as the person to provide this stable administrative leadership. Don has a proven record of fiscal prudence and no nonsense leadership. He was a respected executive officer in Los Angeles County with increasing responsibility over more than 10 years. Since moving to El Dorado County, he has served admirably for 6 years; first as the Sheriff's CFO, then as a Principle Analyst in the Chief Administrative Office, and most recently as the Director of Health and Human Services, the County's largest department. As the HHSA Director, Mr. Ashton managed the department through a chaotic and tumultuous consolidation, a solid example of his leadership ability. 
Significantly, Mr. Ashton came to live in El Dorado County not seeking to climb the ladder, he did that quite successfully in Los Angeles, he came here to live and make this the home for his family. 

"Simply stated, we are confident your Board will have many well qualified candidates for CAO from which to choose; however, none will possess the depth of quality in character, competence and community as Don Ashton. 

"Respectfully submitted: 
Vern Pierson, District Attorney;
John D'Agostini, Sheriff;
Karl Weiland, Assessor;
Cherie Raffety, Tax Collector;
Joe Harn, Auditor;
William Shultz, Recorder & Clerk;
Rich Briner, Surveyor.

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Donald Ashton Biography:

Don Ashton is the current Director of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency. Don has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector, including work in the areas of health care administration, public health, psychiatric health facilities and foster care. He also has extensive experience in finance and human resources, strategic planning, leadership development, organizational development and management of Board appointed commissions. Prior to coming to El Dorado County, Don worked for Los Angeles County, including five years directly serving in the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ office. 

Don holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health. When he isn’t working, Don enjoys spending time with his wife and four children (three boys and one girl), and participating in the many recreational activities available in El Dorado County, such as mountain biking, rafting, fishing, and snowboarding. Lake Tahoe holds a special place in Don’s heart since it is where he and his wife were married. 

Director, Health and Human Services
County of El Dorado
July 2013 – Present (2 years 10 months)
Responsible for managing health services, public health, mental health, social services, child protective services and community services functions in El Dorado County.

Principal Analyst
El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office
June 2012 – July 2013 (1 year 2 months)

Fiscal Administration Manager
El Dorado County Sheriff
January 2011 – June 2012 (1 year 6 months)


California State University-Northridge
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Environmental Health

California State University-Northridge
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)