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Press Release
July 23, 1996
Diane Thomas 834-6203
Three more positions filled on County's Management Team
(SANTA ANA) - Three new managers have been appointed to fill roles on the County of Orange's new management team. "I'm excited about the skills and knowledge that these people bring to the County family," said county Chief Executive Officer Janice M. Mittermeier. "They will be strong assets in helping us critically and creatively address the way we provide service and perform our work and, then, make the appropriate changes."

The three are Darlene Bloom, clerk of the board; David E. Sundstrom, director of internal audit; and Diane Thomas, manager of media/community relations.

Bloom was clerk of the board in Fresno County for six years and has been acting clerk and assistant clerk of the board in Alameda County since 1994. In both counties she was responsible for automating department functions including claims for damages, assessment appeals and creating an on-line information retrieval system. She was a founder of the California Clerk of the Board's Association and has 20 years of government service along with 10 years of small business ownership. Bloom has an associate's degree in business from the College of San Mateo.

"The Board of Supervisors is delighted that Darlene Bloom is joining us," said Supervisor Roger Stanton, board chairman. "We conducted an exhaustive search throughout the state, and she comes highly recommended by employers in other counties. We look forward to benefiting from her experience."

Sundstrom has been university auditor for the California State University System (CSU) since 1989 and is responsible for all internal audit activity in the entire university system. He also coordinates the internal audit program with those of the university's external public accountants. Those include financial audits of CSU's bond programs, federal financial aid audits on the system's 22 campuses and audits of 72 auxiliary organizations. Sundstrom was previously campus audit manager at the University of California, Davis. He has also been a senior accountant for Vilmure, Peeler and Boucher, certified public accountants in Whittier. He graduated with honors from Sonoma State University with a bachelor of arts degree in management.

Thomas worked nine years as the public information officer for Santa Ana Unified School District. She was hired in 1985 to develop the district's first media/community relations department. She left Orange County in 1994 to work as communications manager for Memphis City Schools. She has previous experience with Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Incorporated. Thomas received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis. She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.

The recruitment process continues for assistant CEO, Chief Financial Officer; assistant CEO, Information & Technology; and director of the new Public Works Department.