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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Kern Valley  (PDF)

This one-day only drop-off collection event will be held at the Kern Valley Transfer Station on Sat., February 22nd, 2020, from 9am to Noon. Other options for disposing of household hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Tehachapi  (PDF)

This one-day only drop-off collection event will be held at the Tehachapi Landfill on Sat., February 1st, 2020, from 9am to Noon. Other options for disposing of household hazardous waste

Next Trout Plant Scheduled

The next trout plant is scheduled for Lake Evans for the week of December 9th, 2019 by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Tehachapi  (PDF)

This drop-off collection event will be held at the Tehachapi Landfill every 1st Sat. of every month, starting December 7th, 2019, from 9am to 12pm. Other options for disposing of household hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Ridgecrest  (PDF)

This drop-off collection event will be held at the Ridgecrest Landfill every 2nd & 4th Sat. of each month, starting December 14th, 2019, from 10am to 1pm. Other options for disposing of household hazardous waste

We Want to Hear From You

We are seeking your feedback for a Kern County Business Plan to help define the County's long term goals and how it intends to get there: County of Kern Community Survey

County Offers Deputies Higher Pay

On Wednesday August 21st the County's negotiation team provided their Last, Best, and Final offer to the Kern Law Enforcement Association that includes salary increases, recruitment bonuses, and additional paid time off. You can view the summary and salary comparison (PDF) and the full Proposed MOU (PDF) online.

2018 - 2019 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.

County Announcement

Sheriff's Deputies proposed to be highest paid law enforcement in Kern County.

KLEA Proposal Summary (PDF)
KCSCA 1 and 3 Proposal Summary (PDF)

Recommended Budget Now Available  (PDF)

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Recommended Budget is now available and will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, August 27th at 9 am in the Board Chambers at 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield CA, 93301.

Supervisor Couch Delivers 2019 State of the County Address

Fourth District Supervisor David Couch, Chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors for 2019, delivered the 21st Annual State of the County address to a record crowd of community leaders from throughout Kern County on the evening of January 30th.  View Video   View Text Version

Calling all Photo Enthusiasts!  (PDF)

Kern County is looking for photographs that capture our unique qualities. Twenty selected photos, four representing each supervisorial district, will be displayed at the County Administrative Center located at 1115 Truxtun Avenue.

Kern County Parks Update and Plans

Parks are a priority in Kern County and we want to share updates on what we’ve done to keep our parks ready for use and what we have planned in the future. Please take a few moments to learn about our beautiful Kern County Parks.

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.

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.

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

Kern County Fire Evaluation  (PDF)

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

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

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!

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. 

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

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