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County Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer retiring


San Diego County Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer is retiring after a decade overseeing a multibillion-dollar funds and 1000’s of county employees.

Robbins-Meyer has served the county for 25 years, beginning as a deputy chief administrative officer after working in non-public trade, the place she labored as director of planning and inside operations at TRW, Avionics Methods Division in Rancho Bernardo.

She turned the assistant CAO, then took over the manager place in 2012, overseeing an annual funds of greater than $7 billion and a workforce that now consists of practically 20,000 staff.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the San Diego area,” Robbins-Meyer mentioned in an announcement. “With the imaginative and prescient of our Board, the help of our splendidly devoted staff, and our work with the group, we’ve got really made a distinction within the lives of our residents, guests, refugees and migrant company.”

The chief administrative officer carries out the Board of Supervisors’ insurance policies and direct the County’s each day operations in areas together with well being and human providers, public security, roads, parks and libraries.

Throughout Robbins-Meyer’s tenure as CAO, the county added eight new libraries, 33 parks and 55 miles of trails, the county mentioned. She supervised administration of Cal Contemporary, CalWORKS, Medi-Cal and different safety-net applications for greater than one million residents.

Robbins-Meyer additionally oversaw county efforts to reform San Diego’s foster-care system and cut back the variety of youngsters in it and managed the juvenile justice system‘s shift from a mannequin of incarceration to one in every of restorative justice, culminating with the opening of the Youth Transition Heart final 12 months.

Because the county overhauled behavioral well being techniques, she supervised the creation of cellular disaster response groups and homeless help useful resource groups, crisis-stabilization items for psychological well being or substance use emergencies and medically assisted drug remedy choices for individuals coping with dependancy.

She additionally oversaw pandemic responses, together with county spending on COVID-19 testing, vaccination and aid efforts.

“She leaves not simply a powerful listing of accomplishments however a basis for us to maneuver towards higher achievements,” Board Chair Nathan Fletcher mentioned.

Robbins-Meyer mentioned her retirement plans embody household time and volunteering.

“My husband has sacrificed so much to help my profession, and now I can concentrate on him!” she mentioned in an e mail. She mentioned she additionally deliberate to return to her volunteer roots with youth applications and assist her daughters with little one care “to allow them to pursue their very own careers with peace of thoughts.”

Robbins-Meyer will stay in her place whereas the county plans for her substitute. County officers mentioned that course of is predicted to increase into 2023.

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