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Kern County, California

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The Public Information Office is a function of the County Administrative Office that serves as a resource to the public for information about County government and provides updates and news releases on significant developments.

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Escape the Heat: Cooling Center Information and Current Status

Senior citizens and others at risk from extreme heat can find relief at cooling centers across Kern County. Cooling center information will be updated daily.

August Budget Meeting Scheduled

A hearing to adopt this year's Recommended Budget is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.  The FY 2018-2019 Recommended Budget is now available.

County Seeking Assistant Executive Director and Retirement Investment Officer for KCERA

View full descriptions and information on how to apply for these Kern County Employees' Retirement Association positions:
Assistant Executive Director Brochure
Retirement Investment Officer Brochure

2017 - 2018 Grand Jury Final Report

Each year the Grand Jury investigates government agencies. At the end of their one-year term they provide a final report of all their investigations. Get the report online here or visit the Beale Library for a hard copy.

Be Safe and Sane on July 4th (You Tube Video)

With our nation's birthday celebration just around the corner, fireworks are a hot topic. Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall provides us with information on what fireworks are legal in Kern county and how to safely celebrate this Fourth of July.

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Employee Representational Fees  (PDF)

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that restricts public employers from deducting fees from represented employees who are non-union members. The Court ruled that this process violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Elections Results - June 2018

Kern County Spray Parks Now Open

The Spray Parks are free to the public and are open daily at the following Kern County Parks:
Pioneer Park, Casa Loma Park, and Mojave Park - from 2:00 - 7:00 pm

Kern County Library Summer Reading Program Kicks Off

Everyone, ages 0-100, is invited to take the Summer Reading Challenge!
Learn more about this free summer program and how to participate.

A Message from Fire Chief Brian Marshall on the Budget  (PDF)

In response to recent commentary about the health and effectiveness of the Kern County Fire Department, Fire Chief Brian Marshall would like to share a few things directly with you to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.

Redistricting Settlement Announced

Federal Judge Drozd just signed orders formally redrawing Kern County district lines. There will be minor changes needed to ensure a coherent legal description. Changes will not impact population.
View District Boundary Maps

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award  (PDF)

Kern County is a proud recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association. The award is given to government organizations that have been rated as proficient or outstanding on 27 different criteria.

Redistricting Lawsuit Update  (PDF)

County Counsel shares an update on the Luna vs. County of Kern litigation.  View Judge's Findings

Kern County gets mid-year budget check  (PDF)

County Administrative Officers give Board of Supervisors an update on the County's budget and strategic initiatives. The Mid-Year Report is available for you to read here.

Kern County Fire Evaluation  (PDF)

An outside consultant has completed a thorough evaluation of Kern County Fire Department operations. Read the full report here.

Kern County Addresses Pedestrian Safety

Through a partnership between Public Works with their Walk Kern initiative and Public Health, Kern County is addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety. Find out more at

20th Annual State of the County Dinner and Address

Tickets now available for the 20th Annual State of the County Dinner & Address to be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The address will be presented by incoming Chair of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, Mike Maggard, who will speak about Kern County's model of excellence in 2017 and what to expect in 2018.

Hart Park after Dark (YouTube Video)

The County of Kern held the First Annual Hart Park after Dark in October, a FREE family-fun event with 9 County departments and 7 Community Partners participating and over 2000 in attendance.  Check out our video to see all the fun!

Sheriff Donny Youngblood Speaks Out About Valley Fever (YouTube Video)

Kern County Public Health has recently started offering a Valley Fever Skin Test that can determine if a person has ever been exposed to the disease.

Making South Taft a Safer Place

County invests nearly a half-million dollars in one South Taft neighborhood

LaunchKern: Lean Six Sigma in Kern County

LaunchKern is Kern County's new continuous improvement and employee engagement initiative to improve the work we do and improve the services we provide our residents. 

Kern County's 3-Year Strategic Goals  (PDF)

"Culture Drives Great Results" is a quote from former General Electric CEO Jack Welch that serves as a motto for Kern County's 3-Year Strategic Goals.  Kern County is aggressively engaged in creating a culture that promotes excellence, innovation and continuous improvement. 

FY 2017-2018 CAO Recommended Budget Now Available  (PDF)

The Fiscal Year 2017-18 Recommended Budget for the County of Kern is now available.   View Budget Highlights
The County will hold a special evening meeting for public comment on Monday, August 28 at 6 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the County Administrative Center at 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Budget hearings will be held on Tuesday, August 29 at 9 a.m. at the same location.

2016 - 2017 Grand Jury Final Report

Share Your Thoughts on a Vision for Hart Park  (PDF)

Attend one of three community meetings, or send us an email with your ideas for the future of Hart Park.
Comparte Tus Ideas sobre la Vision para mejorar Hart Park

Meeting Schedule:
Tuesday, June 13th - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
East Bakersfield Veterans Hall
2101 Ridge Road, Bakersfield

Monday, June 19th - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Board of Supervisors Chambers
1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield

Tuesday, June 27th - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
David Head Center
10300 San Diego St., Lamont

Kern County Implements New Security Screening  (PDF)

Beginning March 27, 2017, all visitors to the Administrative Center at 1115 Truxtun Avenue will be required to submit to a security screening process prior to gaining access to the building. The public will only be allowed into the building through the south entrance.   List of Prohibited Items

2017 Boat Permits Available Online

We are pleased to announce that 2017 Kern County Annual "All Lakes", and "Lake Isabella Only" boat permits are now available for sale online. For additional information, please contact the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department at (661) 868-7000 during regular business hours, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. To place your boat permit order by phone, call the above number.

Supervisor Scrivner delivers 2017 State of the County address  (video)

Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner, Chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors for 2017, delivered the nineteenth annual State of the County address to a record crowd of community leaders from throughout Kern County on the evening of January 25th.  View text of speech.

The Parks Department has Moved  (PDF)

On Monday, December 12th, 2016, the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department relocated from their previous 2820 "M" Street Location to the 3rd floor of the County Administrative Building at 1115 Truxtun Avenue.

County Seeks Volunteers Who Want to Make a Difference

Why Volunteer? You are needed now more than ever and Kern County Volunteers enjoy many rewards such as gaining valuable experience, developing new interests and friendships, learning about County programs and services, enjoying new challenges, and giving back to your community.

Welcome to the County of Kern's Financial Transparency Portal

Presenting an interactive and user-friendly platform for Kern County's financial data, this website illustrates the County's current budget, year-to-date budget and actual revenues and expenses for the previous five years.

Tour Kern County's Mojave Desert with Supervisor Scrivner

Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner explores 150 years of mining history that is still being made today.

Kern County Property Tax Portal Launched

Visit our new property tax information site to get an overview of the property tax process in Kern County. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions and the most commonly requested property tax information.

Report on the Public Input Process for Kern County Library Services

Kern Patriot Partnership Website Launched

The Kern County Veterans Service Department is proud to announce the Kern Patriot Partnership (KPP), a program dedicated to connecting Kern County Veterans with local employers and which was developed in partnership with Chevron, USA.

Kern veterans and your families: Let us serve you!

If you served honorably in the military, thank you for your service and sacrifice for this country. Thank you also to the spouses and dependents who served along with you. Regardless of your era, your branch, your post or your assignment, you are likely entitled to state and federal veterans' benefits, and your dependents may also qualify for benefits. To learn about your veteran's benefits, click here, go to or contact the Kern County Veterans Service Department at 661-868-7300 or 1-866-218-5367.

'Healthy Choices' for a Better Tomorrow

The SNAP-Ed "Healthy Choices" program helps those age 60 + to establish healthier eating habits and a more physically-active lifestyle. For information regarding the Aging and Adult Services "Healthy Choices" program, please call 661-868-1057, or click the link above.

Surplus County Property Auctions

The County of Kern contracts with private firms to auction off County vehicles and other types of used surplus property. The Web page linked above displays the upcoming auction dates and a current list of County vehicles and other property for sale.

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