County finance director takes job in Shasta County

Mono County’s finance officer Brian Muir will leave Mono County to become Shasta County’s auditor-controller sometime near the end of this year, Mono County officials confirmed Thursday.

Muir has been with Mono County through boom and bust and is credited by many for helping keep Mono County in good financial order.

His experience and professionalism will be deeply missed, said Supervisor Vikki Bauer.

“Brian will … leave behind big shoes to fill,” Bauer said. “Not only did he get Mono County’s fiscal house in order, but he brought common sense and insight to the many projects he touched. His unwavering opinions on the tough issues, which got people’s attention, only spoke to how deep his convictions were.”

County Administrator Jim Arkens said Muir is a “great employee and great friend.”

“We are going to miss him,” said Supervisor Byng Hunt. “Brian Muir has kept the county remarkably financially stable during the last few very stressful years. He is a man of extraordinary integrity, and has been an important part of our management team. To replace his knowledge and experience will be very difficult.”

Muir’s departure was not announced by the county, but came to the Mammoth Times Thursday via an Oct. 10 article in the Redding Record Searchlight, the Redding newspaper.

“A graduate of Harvard University and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Muir also is the former auditor-controller for Trinity County and that county’s behavioral health director,” the article stated.

“Muir said he won’t collect retirement benefits in Shasta County and actually will be taking a pay cut from his current $156,000 salary to come here, but his wife lives in Weaverville to run a hotel they own, forcing the two to make eight-hour commutes every weekend,” the article stated.

“The auditor-controller position paid $118,000 in 2011, with total compensation at around $166,000,” the article stated.

Arkens said Muir intended to make a formal announcement next week.

Muir did not return calls before press time.