Jim Arkens named new Mono County CAO

Jim Arkens has been named the Mono County administrator, or CAO.

Arkens has served the county as the director for the Human Resources department for the past year. He takes the place of former CAO Dave Wilbrecht, who left the county to become the new Town manager for the Town of Mammoth Lakes last month.

Arkens, 58, was chosen by the county board of supervisors after a closed session Tuesday.

Arkens has served at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico as Human Resources Director. He has also served as a CAO/Human Resoources Director for Shawano County, Wisconsin and has more than 30 years total experience in government and administrative jobs.

He has been employed at Mono County as its human resources director since May 3, 2010.

District 1 Supervisor Byng Hunt said the county is lucky to have Arkens.

“When we were looking at a list, he jumped right to the top,” he said. “He’s been Dave’s right-hand man in many of the decisions over the past year and he has shown himself to be a highly competent employee with many, many years of experience in city and county government, as well as in the private sector. He’s definitely committed to the area and he is already up to speed on county issues and politics,” he said.

Hunt noted that Finance Director Brian Muir was another possible choice, but Hunt said Muir’s position is too critical to the county to lose right now.

The county will combine the positions of HR director and CAO into one position for Arkens, saving about $16,000 a month, another boon to the county during this time of belt tightening, Hunt said.

Arkens lives in Bridgeport.