February 5, 2003
Contact: Diane Thomas
Appoint Jim Ruth Interim CEO
(Santa Ana, CA) - The
Board unanimously appointed James D. Ruth as Interim County
Executive Officer effective today under the following
Salary will be $98.56 per hour based on a 40-hour
work week. The monthly total is $17,084.
CEO Ruth will serve in an extra-help status, that
is, without benefits. He will be reimbursed for necessary
Ruth's contract has no specified time limit, but
the interim appointment is expected to last four to
six months until a nationwide recruitment for CEO
is completed. The contract allows for either party
(the County or Ruth) to terminate the arrangement
at any time with no penalty or severance payment.
Ruth's status may also be extended with no additional
The Interim CEO will have all the powers and authorities
vested by ordinance in the County Executive Officer.