Talk to County's CAO about EDC Money, and more

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 04, 2018 / comments

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JOIN EL DORADO COUNTY'S DON ASHTON FOR A COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT COUNTY MONEY 

> WHERE THE COUNTY GETS ITS MONEY HOW MUCH IS MANDATED TO BE SPENT & WHERE 
> HOW MUCH IS DISCRETIONARY & OPTIONS ABOUT HOW TO SPEND IT 
> THE PROCESS DRIVING THE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT GETS FUNDED AND WHAT DOESN'T & THE CONSEQUENCES Of THOSE DECISIONS 
> OPEN DISCUSSION 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH - Cameron Park Library conference room 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 

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Don Ashton, El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer:

Role of the Chief Administrative Office - 

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is appointed by and reports to the Board of Supervisors and is responsible to the Board for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the County as prescribed in the County Charter and by formal action of the Board, as well as coordinating the work of all offices and departments, identifying ways to achieve efficiency and economy in all county operations, and recommending and administering the County budget.

On an annual basis the CAO is responsible for reviewing and appraising the performance of all appointed department heads, with the exception of the County Counsel (Board appointee). Voters choose seven elected officials: Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator, Assessor, Auditor-Controller, County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar, District Attorney, Treasurer-Tax Collector and Surveyor.

Together, the Chief Administrative Office team:

- Coordinates the work of all offices and departments, both elective and appointive, and identifies ways to make County government and operations more efficient.

- Formulate and present plans to the Board of Supervisors to implement policies and accomplish goals established by the Board.

- After collaboration with all departments, recommends an annual budget for all departments and agencies in which the Board is responsible or which request county funds, and then administers the budget after its adoption by the Board.

- Provides in-depth analysis and review of all county programs on a regular basis in a manner that allows the Board to make informed policy decisions.

- Provides and implements appropriate internal controls to safeguard county money and property.

- Collaborates with federal, state, regional and local government entities ensuring the best interest of El Dorado County.

- Coordinates the review and publication of a county long-range fiscal plan and the annual statement of goals as adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

Don Ashton began as the Chief Administrative Officer in May 2016. In 1993, Don began his career working in local government in Los Angeles County. For 17 years in Los Angeles, he worked in a variety of leadership positions in areas such as finance/budget, human resources, internal audits and compliance, and serving as a Deputy Executive Officer overseeing all administrative and finance responsibilities for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

In 2011, Don relocated to El Dorado County to marry his wife Anne, who has been a resident of El Dorado County for over 18 years. Don began his career in El Dorado County serving as the Sheriff’s Chief Fiscal Officer, as a Principal Analyst in the Chief Administrative Office, and most recently as the Director of the Health and Human Services Agency.

He enjoys working in County government because it makes a difference in the lives of residents on a daily basis by providing a broad range of services that impact the health, safety and well-being of residents.

"As El Dorado County’s CAO, my top priority is providing leadership and using my experience to help the County take advantage of a committed Board, committed workforce and engaged community to become a high performing organization that is focused on long range planning and continuous quality improvement through the implementation of the County’s Strategic Plan. I will work to keep costs and revenue in balance, complete projects that have been deferred because of budget constraints, and continue promoting an accountable, collaborative County and more innovative organization that provides high-quality services and has a clear vision of the future."