February 23, 2024
Helen Robbins-Meyer. Credit score: County Information Middle

County residents and advocates requested the Board of Supervisors to make sure an open course of within the seek for a brand new chief administrative officer.

After 12 years within the place, Helen Robbins-Meyer is predicted to depart in late March. She introduced her retirement in October 2022, nonetheless, a request to maintain her on the job adopted a political earthquake involving former District 4 Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

Supervisors voted 4-0 in April in favor of protecting Robbins-Meyer as interim chief administrative officer for a restricted time.

Fletcher resigned in Might after admitting to an affair with a lady who then sued him, alleging he sexually assaulted and harassed her. He has denied the allegations.

On Dec. 5, Monica Montgomery Steppe was sworn in as Fletcher’s substitute, after she received a particular election in November.

In September, supervisors restarted the seek for a brand new CAO.

Ten individuals who spoke in the course of the particular assembly on Wednesday burdened the significance of transparency, particularly contemplating the CAO’s energy and affect.

A member of Youth Will mentioned that hiring Robbins-Meyer’s successor behind closed doorways “will deny essentially the most marginalized and weak group members illustration.”

Anjleena Kour Sahni, a researcher with the Middle on Coverage, advised supervisors group enter was essential in selecting a brand new CAO, “who’s essentially the most highly effective non-elected public place on this total area.

The CAO additionally oversees an $8 billion price range, directs 20,000 workers, and is chargeable for implementing insurance policies and providers that impression the county’s 3.3 million residents, Kour Sahni mentioned.

She added that the administrator will affect how the county authorities will handle the housing disaster and an inflow of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border, guarantee county employee entry to assets and set the tone on how fairness and racial justice shall be prioritized.

Barbara Pinto, a member of the Alliance of Californians for Group Empowerment, mentioned the county wants a brand new CAO who “treats the communities as a companion,” and prioritizes the lives of senior residents and people with disabilities.

Judith Vaughs, public affairs supervisor for Deliberate Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, mentioned permitting public enter “is a chance to begin a brand new chapter, and construct belief with our residents.”

Samantha Schwimmer, of the San Diego LGBT Group Middle, requested the board to publicize its hiring timeline, host public boards, embody group representatives within the choice course of, and let residents ask questions.

“It’s additionally important the subsequent CAO have a confirmed observe report of centering social justice of their management,” Schwimmer mentioned.

Crystal Irving, president of Service Workers Worldwide Union Native 221, additionally pressed for a meet-and-greet occasion with CAO candidates.

Supervisors made no public feedback earlier than going right into a closed session to debate the search course of.

–Metropolis Information Service