By Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Chairman of the OC Board of Supervisors
On a 3-2 vote, the Board opted to combine the vacant office of the Public Administrator with the District Attorney. Pending a second reading and adoption to be held on Tuesday, February 4th, the position will appear as a combined office on the June 3 primary election.
Based on State legislation, Orange County is precluded from combining three or more county offices. Therefore, the other three options (Clerk-Recorder, Sheriff-Coroner and Treasurer-Tax Collector), which have already combined two offices, prevents adding a third. Moreover, because the county charter is silent on the consolidation of county offices, Orange County is subject to California state law on the issue. More information on county offices consolidation may be viewed here and here.
The Office of the Orange County Public Administrator serves the public by managing the estates of Orange County residents who died without a will or without the appropriate person willing or able to act as executor. This includes the estates of persons who died and the next of kin cannot be located.
Please click here for the language of the proposed ordinance.