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Kern County, California

County Administrative Office

Ryan J. Alsop, County Administrator

Ryan J. Alsop

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Welcome to the County Administrative Office.

There's a tremendous amount of positive change happening in our county and by our employees. I'm proud to call Kern County home and I look forward to all that we will achieve together. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we'll be guided by our three strategic goals in everything we do:

  • Enhance the quality of life for residents
  • Be a model of excellence in managing our business and people
  • Foster a culture of innovation

The hard work we do together today, staying focused on objectives, creating options for increased efficiency and ongoing cost reduction, rethinking the way we conduct our business and making smart decisions that bolster the County's fiscal position for the long term, moves us closer to the work that must be done developing, retaining and rewarding our talented County employees.

We strive to provide our residents with great government services despite our budget challenges. We must demonstrate to our residents that we have a plan to get away from the deficit in our budget, as well as ensuring we are making budget decisions that will improve our services long into the future.

Quality of life for our residents is paramount. We are creating a vision for our County Parks System to provide improved recreational opportunities for our residents. Our Library system will offer more than 1600 scheduled classes and activities this year. We are almost finished with a state of the art criminal justice facility where we provide inmates with mental health, education and job readiness training to better prepare them for re-entry into our community.

Lastly, I'm extremely proud of the countywide implementation of Lean Six Sigma. Lean Six Sigma is a continuous process improvement method for empowering employees to improve their work environment and adding value to the services we provide Kern County residents. As a result of our work toward faster, better and more efficient operations throughout Kern County, we were recently awarded a California State Association of Counties Challenge Award for our implementation of an electronic permitting system for energy permits.

Thank you to all of our employees for your commitment to our culture of innovation and excellence. You have our residents in mind and are continually focused of providing quality service. I appreciate your hard work.

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Ryan J. Alsop

County Administrative Officer

The County Administrative Office (CAO) works to strategically manage countywide implementation of policies and service goals at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, the legislative body for the County of Kern. The CAO responds to requests and referrals from the Board and conducts research and analyses in order to provide recommendations on how to best serve the public using available County resources.

The CAO’s responsibilities include a wide array of functions and activities:

Budget and Finance

  • Executing and coordinating County administrative and financial policy.
  • Coordinating the annual County Budget development process, preparing the recommended budget document for Board consideration, and providing general oversight of budget execution to assist departments in monitoring and adapting their budgets throughout the year
  • Performing analysis and preparing reports in response to referrals from the Board of Supervisors on departments’ spending habits, hiring, performance, etc.
  • Administering the County's debt service program
  • Administering the County's capital improvement, facility maintenance, and ADA compliance programs
Compliance and Accountability

Providing additional oversight on compliance and ethics in County business, including reviewing audit findings and assisting departments in formulating procedures to improve accountability.     Compliance and Accountability Website

Economic Development

Managing the County’s Economic Development efforts by coordinating programs to improve business conditions, attract new business, and create jobs to intelligently grow the local economy.     Economic Development Website

Countywide Communications

Serving as a resource to the public for information about County government and providing updates and news releases on significant developments.     Countywide Communications Website

Human Resources

Policy Analysis

  • Enforcing the rules, regulations, policies and ordinances enacted by the Board
  • Supporting departments in implementing policies approved by the Board of Supervisors
  • Performing continuous research, investigation, and analysis of administrative practices/processes to recommend improvements in efficiency, economy of operation, organization and service delivery effectiveness.
Intergovernmental Relations

Legislative Analysis

  • Analyzing impacts of Federal and State legislation and recommending legislative policies for adoption by the Board of Supervisors
  • Coordinating advocacy of these policies in state and federal policy arenas. Generally, the County supports legislation that promotes our ability to provide the services that local citizens need, and we oppose State or federally mandated programs that do not include a funding source.
  • Formulating the County’s Legislative Platforms for Board approval
Other Departmental Support

  • Providing departments with consultation and coordination on administrative, budgetary, legislative, and public relations matters.
  • Coordinating the appointed department head evaluation program
  • Coordinating and assisting departments in identification and application of grant opportunities

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