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. Continue reading