DeSaulnier Bill to Consolidate Contra Costa County Offices Signed by Governor Brown

July 10, 2014 · 12 comments

Senator Mark DeSaulnier

A bill by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to help consolidate Contra Costa County offices was signed by Governor Brown today. SB 803 grants authority to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to consolidate the functions of the Public Administrator and the Public Guardian.

“Consolidating the functions of the Public Administrator and the Public Guardian will streamline county government,” Senator DeSaulnier said.

“SB 803 will allow Contra Costa to move the office of the Public Administrator to a more appropriate county department. I thank Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson for sponsoring this legislation to help deliver county services in a more efficient manner.”

SB 803 allows the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to adopt an ordinance to convert the Public Administrator’s office from an elected to an appointed position. This bill also gives Contra Costa County the ability to remove the function of the Public Administrator from the District Attorney’s office in order to consolidate it with the Public Guardian in the County Health Services Department. The Public Administrator provides services typically found in a health or social service department rather than a law enforcement agency. Under SB 803 Contra Costa County can appoint the same person to the office of Public Administrator and Public Guardian to further consolidation efforts.

SB 803 was sponsored by the Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson and was supported by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

1 All Govt All the time July 10, 2014 at 10:24 AM

More Government control taken from the hands of the people. DemoRATS LOVE it. Why can they do this without a vote on it from We The People?

Oh yeah, Cuz we let them.

2 Atticus Thraxx July 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM

So an elected position is now an appointed one. Let freedom ring.

3 Anonymous July 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Interesting he is worried about cost saving. Of course he voted in the pension system that almost bankrupted the county. Then there was he brave stand when BART went on strike. He threatened to threaten them. Tool of the big union bosses, that’s all.

4 RIII July 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

What a wonderful concept, “Appointed vs. Elected!” Where does the performance evaluation begin? If not at the election booth, perhaps it may occur over a cup of coffee without any record of the discussion. Who gets to do the appointment when does the performance evaluation take place, and at what cost and who even knows who and how many are involved in the process? Again, it’s all about control.

5 Dorothy July 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM

“Under SB 803 Contra Costa County can appoint the same person to the office of Public Administrator and Public Guardian to further consolidation efforts.” Okay, now who guards the guardian?

6 skrab July 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Currently, the District Attorney, which is an elected position, is also the Public Administrator. The D.A. is busy prosecuting crimes and has a chief deputy who handles all the Public Administrator work. The Public Administrator probates the estates of county residents who die intestate or if their next of kin elect for the Public Administrator to administer the estate. The work has nothing to do with criminal law and it makes no sense for the D.A. to oversee the work. Really, the work is much more akin to what the Public Guardian does, so it makes sense and will save resources if the Public Administrator work is handled by the Public Guardian.

Government 101: “We the People” did vote to elect DeSaulnier. The SB will make it so that the BoS can pass an ordinance to combine the two offices. “We the People” vote for the supervisors. “We the People” can show up at the BoS meetings to express whether we want an ordinance combining the two offices.

7 But does it save money July 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I don’t see anything in this consolidation, which appears to be only to give gov more power (for what specific purpose I’m sure we’ll soon find out!), about saving taxpayers money!!

8 .... July 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

You elected this idiot. The only ones you can blame are yourselves. You got what you paid for.

9 gratt July 11, 2014 at 5:22 AM

County Heads don’t do jack sh-t anyway!!!

10 BJ Finkelstein July 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Good to see all the local Claycord village idiots came out to comment here yesterday!

11 Anonymous July 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Thank you mr finklestein ,now go back to SEIU headquarters and await further instructions.

12 RANDOM TASK July 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM

so nice to see all the butt kissing that goes with saving ones job …..the dems have secured their lively hood by convincing the voters they actually matter when everything is run by scams and backdoor dealings as well as manipulation and out right blackmail to secure ones cushy seat …..KUDOS dems only took 40 years to slap the people into submission and indentured servitude …….all is well in demifornia at least for the tax skimming politicians and their cronies…….enjoy

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