Thursday, November 15, 2018
Budget and Finance
Compliance and Accountability
County Policies and Procedures Manual
County Administrative Bulletins
Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGMA)
Ryan J. Alsop
View Biography (PDF)
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:
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.
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:
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
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
Serving as a resource to the public for information about County government and providing updates and news releases on significant developments.
Countywide Communications Website
3-Year Strategic Goals (PDF)
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