||COUNTY OF ORANGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2003
Contact: Diane Thomas
James Ruth Appointed CEO
(Santa Ana, CA) -
The Board of Supervisors this morning appointed
James D. Ruth as County Executive Officer. Ruth,67, who has been
Interim CEO for the last nine months, was appointed Feb. 5 by the
Board to serve as interim following the departure of Michael
Schumacher. In today’s action, Ruth will sign a contract which
contains a 12-month commitment.
"In the nine months that Jim has been here, we have been faced with
numerous challenges, not the least of which is the impact of
the State budget," said Tom Wilson, Chairman of the Board.
"While the Board was interviewing many fine candidates as a result of our
nationwide search, Jim was addressing those challenges and moving us forward.
His demonstrated talents and his resolve to remain another 12 months will
provide the continuity and stability needed to complete some projects
now underway and to prepare a fresh start for a long-term CEO. Jim is
a man of proven vision and leadership. We appreciate his commitment to
working with the County for the upcoming year."
Ruth worked for the City of Anaheim for 21 years and served the last 11
years as City Manager. While at Anaheim, he was chief negotiator for the
construction of The Pond. He also worked with the California Angels and
Disney Sports, Inc. to keep major league baseball in Anaheim, and he led
the city’s efforts in protracted negotiations with Disney to expand
Ruth’s lengthy history of public service includes positions at the cities
of Long Beach, Downey, Lynwood, Maywood, Huntington Park and the
County of Los Angeles.
Highlights of Contract Provisions:
- Continue current base salary of $200,000
- Continue to work on limited contract
- Contains 12-month commitment from Ruth with the ability to extend
that time by mutual agreement with the Board
- Includes ability to terminate at any time with no severance
- Does not include regular employee benefit package, but does contain
modest enhancements to help offset Social Security requirements and health care costs.