County hires new top administrator

Mono County has hired a new County Administrative Officer (CAO), according to the Mono County Board of Supervisors.

According to a news release issued by the board of supervisors on May 21, Tuesday, Jim Leddy, the current Deputy County Administrator/Community and Government Affairs Manager for Sonoma County, will begin his service in Mono County on June 4, with a salary of $160,000.

"The selection follows an extensive recruitment process begun in January and guided by the Board’s efforts to strengthen strategic planning for the county," the news release states.

"Board of Supervisors Chairman Byng Hunt commented, “Jim brings energy, experience and a commitment to effective and efficient public services. The board was unanimous in the decision to ask him to join our community. This board is identifying and working on a series of short and long term challenges facing our County and we know we need an administrator that will work with the community, the staff and the board to maximize results.”

"Chairman Hunt further commented, “The board also extends its appreciation to Public Health Director Lynda Salcido and County Counsel Marshall Rudolph for their respective services as Acting CAO during this process.

"Prospective County Administrator Jim Leddy commented, “It is such an honor to be given the opportunity to work for the board and join with fellow public servants of Mono County in delivering high quality, crucial services," according to the news release. "Mono County is an amazing place of rugged, natural beauty and has challenges and opportunities. I am confident by working together, we can strengthen public services while being wise stewards of taxpayer resources. The board’s commitment to building a strong strategic planning process through collaborative partnerships is exciting and I can’t wait to get started.”

"Prior to coming to Mono County, Jim has two decades of public service experience," the press release states.

"Jim has served as the Community and Governmental Affairs Manager (Deputy County Administrator) of Sonoma County since 2008, a position with additional public information and legislative responsibilities. Prior to working for Sonoma County, Jim was the Executive Director of the Napa County Planning and Transportation Agency from 2006 to 2008. From 1993 to 2006, Jim worked for the State Senate, serving in the district offices of two senators, first as a field representative then district director.

"Jim grew up in the rural community of Monte Rio in Sonoma County. He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Davis in Sociology (Criminology Focus). Jim is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute, University of Virginia (Weldon Cooper School of Public Policy - 2011).

"In addition to his professional service, Leddy, 45, is a former member of the Santa Rosa School Board having served two terms from 2001-2008.

"Jim is married to Kathy Hayes, his wife of 15 years, and they have twin 11-year-old sons, Logan and John. "

Leddy replaces former CAO Jim Arkens, who resigned in early February to take another job.