Supervisor Lawson-Remer Encourages New Chief Administrative Officer To Empower Workers, Take Calculated Risks & Forge New Relationship With Labor Unions

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Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, and her colleagues on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously confirmed Ebony Shelton will become the new County of San Diego Chief Administration Officer beginning June 14, 2024. 

After Tuesday’s vote, Supervisor Lawson-Remer released the following statement:

“Ebony has an incredible track record as our Chief Financial Officer, and it is my hope her time as Chief Administrative Officer will be just as impressive. Ebony is set to lead a new County government that now for the first time prioritizes community-centered policies and data-driven results. This Board has been steering the County in a new direction for the last four years, and I am excited for our new CAO  to accelerate that work. 

“I hope Ebony can forge a new partnership with labor that centers the voice of working families across our County. I look forward to seeing her deepen our Board’s commitment to advancing equity and environmental sustainability in all the work we do — not only through our County programs and budget priorities, but also in how we run our County as an enterprise, and how we manage procurement and contracting. I am also looking forward to her building a change-oriented leadership team, and empowering department leaders to be innovative, take calculated risks, and listen to the voices of their workforce to accomplish our mission of serving the residents of this County. 

I look forward to working with Ebony to deliver this vision for our region.”

Shelton is the first Black woman to serve as the County’s Chief Administrative Officer. 

Ten community members – two from each supervisorial district – interviewed candidates.  

Read the policy here.