Board of Supervisors

Creighton Avila

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Placerville, CA – On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors appointed Don Ashton as the County’s next Chief Administrative Officer.

With the assistance of Ralph Andersen & Associates based out of Rocklin, CA, the Board of Supervisors conducted a national recruitment to identify the most qualified candidate to serve in this capacity.

Don Ashton CAOAshton, who has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety, as well as a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge, has served as the Director of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency since July 2013. Ashton also served as the Chief Fiscal Officer for Sheriff John D’Agostini as well as a Principal Analyst in the Chief Administrative Office. The Board of Supervisors was most impressed by Ashton’s professionalism, collaborative leadership approach, his level of integrity and transparency, and finally his emphasis on working closely with the community to best meet the needs of El Dorado County residents and visitors.

Prior to relocating to El Dorado County in January 2011, Ashton worked in Los Angeles County for more than 17 years in a variety of leadership positions, including budget/finance, human resources, strategic planning and lastly as a Deputy Executive Officer in the Executive Office for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors where he was responsible for overseeing all administrative, budget/finance, and human resources functions, as well as the Operations Division for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which included managing the Clerk of the Board functions, providing staff support to more than 20 Board appointed advisory commissions, and ensuring compliance with open meeting laws and processes.

Following the announcement of his appointment, Ashton stated, “I am thankful to the Board for this opportunity and look forward to working with the Board, Department Heads, City leaders and our community to achieve the County’s Mission to provide ‘efficient, courteous, and effective services and infrastructure for safety, protection, and well-being of our residents, businesses and visitors’, and to become the ‘Gold Standard of Public Service’.