News Archive

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.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Lebec  (PDF)

This one-day only drop-off collection event will be held at the Lebec Transfer Station on Sat., July 27th, 2019, from 9am to Noon. Other options for disposing of household hazardous waste

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.

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.

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

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 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

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 Living for a Better Tomorrow

The Healthy Living Program (formerly SNAP-Ed) helps those age 60 + to establish healthier eating habits and a more physically-active lifestyle. For information regarding the Aging and Adult Services Healthy Living 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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