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Press Releases
CEO Appoints Permanent Registrar of Voters
December 19, 2003
(Santa Ana, CA) - Steven Rodermund, Interim Registrar since January, has been appointed by County Executive Officer James Ruth to the permanent position of Registrar of Voters. The appointment is effective December 22.
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James Ruth Appointed CEO
October 28, 2003
(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.
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Public invited to Discuss Four Corners Regional Plan
October 21, 2003
What is Your Vision for the future of the Region?
Where do you want to develop housing, protect resources or bring jobs? How would you change roads, transit or the commute in your city?
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County Managers Recieve Awards
October 20, 2003
(Santa Ana, CA) - Two County managers were honored this month for their professional achievements. Larry Leaman, recently retired Director of the Social Services Agency (SSA), was honored last week and Karen Roper, Homeless Prevention Specialist, received her award on October 17.
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North Tustin Resident Receives Award
October 20, 2003
(Santa Ana, CA) - Larry Leaman, recently retired Director of the Social Services Agency (SSA), was honored with the Executive leadership Award on October 9 from the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) during its Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento. CWDA is a statewide association in which all 58 California counties participate.
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OC Ranks Fourth in Nation For Online Services
July 11, 2003
(Santa Ana) - The County of Orange ranks fourth in the nation and first in California for using information technology to deliver high-quality, easy-to-use services online, according to the 2003 Digital Counties Survey. The study was conducted jointly by the Center for Digital Government, National Association of Counties (NACO) and Government Technology magazine. Orange County tied with San Diego.
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Online Assessment Appeal Services Offered
June 30, 2003
(Santa Ana) - Orange County residents can challenge their property values by filing an appeal between July 2 and September 15. The Clerk of the Board now offers easy-to-use, password-secured, online filing for county residents at http://assessmentappeals.ocgov.com/aa/.
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County Names New PDSD Director
June 27, 2003
(Santa Ana) - Interim CEO James D. Ruth has appointed a planning expert with 32 years of experience to lead the County’s Planning & Development Services Department (PDSD). Bryan Speegle, who has been PDSD’s assistant director since 2001, will step into the director’s role effective today.
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Public Workshop Features County Budget for FY 2003-04
May 27, 2003
(Santa Ana) - Esmael Adibi, director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University, will present an economic forecast for the coming year at this year’s budget workshop, “Doing Business in Difficult Times.” The free workshop will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m., May 29 in the Board hearing room on the first floor of the Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana.
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Maddox and Silva to Dedicate Wall of Honor
May 13, 2003
(Santa Ana, CA) - Assemblyman Ken Maddox (R-Costa Mesa) and Supervisor Jim Silva (Second District) will thank Orange County’s men and women in the military as they dedicate a Wall of Honor May 16 in the lobby of the County’s Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana. The ceremony will take place at 9:30.
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County Volunteers Provide Services Valued At $24 Million
April 25, 2003
(Santa Ana, CA) - As the County faces severe State budget cuts, the value of volunteers becomes truly priceless. More than 24,000 volunteers and 1,084,000 hours of service were valued at $24 million in avoided costs for County government in 2002. To celebrate these achievements, the Board of Supervisors will honor volunteers at the seventh annual Countywide volunteer recognition ceremony.
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Orange County Auditor-Controller David Sundstrom Accepts This Year’s AIIM Best Practice Award
April 11, 2003
(New York, NY) - The Association of Information and Imaging Management (AIIM) announced today that the County of Orange was one of three winners of its prestigious Best Practices Award for 2003. David E. Sundstrom, county Auditor-Controller accepted the award on behalf of the county at the association's annual convention that was attended by over 20,000 industry professionals. Encompassing North America and Europe, the AIIM Best Practices Award recognizes innovative applications of document and/or process management technologies to solve critical business requirements.
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Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Efforts Recognized With National Award Given to Children and Families Commission Member Larry Leaman
April 9, 2003
IRVINE, CA - (April 9, 2003) - Selected in recognition of his efforts for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, Larry Leaman, a member of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and former director of the Orange County Social Services Agency, was awarded the 2003 Commissioner's Award from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) joining a select group of individuals in receiving national recognition in this important area.
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Three Volunteer Programs Win Acts of Caring Awards
April 7, 2003
(Santa Ana, CA)- Local programs that encourage literacy and protect senior citizens will be recognized at this year's National Association of Counties (NACo) Acts of Caring Awards. The winners include the Orange County Public Library, the Office on Aging in partnership with the Council on Aging, and Probation Community Action Association (PCAA) in partnership with Orange County Revitalization.
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2003 Community Indicators Report Available
February 7, 2003
(Santa Ana, CA) - The fourth annual Orange County Community Indicators report is now available online at www.oc.ca.gov or by calling 714. 834.7257. This report, which will be highlighted at the Orange County Forum on February 13, tracks Orange County's progress on key economic, social and health measures.
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Supervisors Appoint Jim Ruth Interim CEO
February 5, 2003
(Santa Ana, CA) - The Board unanimously appointed James D. Ruth as Interim County Executive Officer effective today under the following terms:
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Chief Information Officer Named for County
January 21, 2003
(Santa Ana) - An information technology professional with extensive background in government and private industry was named as the County's Chief Information Officer by County Executive Officer Michael Schumacher.
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Planning & Development Services Proposes New Fee Schedule
January 17, 2003
"This would be the first fee increase in a decade," Leaman explained. "In fact, in 1999 and 2001, the fees were lowered by nearly one-third and the County subsequently returned more than $1 million to 1,363 applicants who had paid fees in the previous six months. Now, with rising costs to County departments, it's time to adjust to a real cost-based system for better tracking as well as equity."
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County Supervisors Take Oath of Office on Monday
January 2, 2003
(Santa Ana)- Recently re-elected Supervisors Jim Silva and Tom Wilson along with first-time Supervisor Chris Norby will take their oaths of office at 2 p.m., Jan. 6 on the steps of the Old County Courthouse, 211 West Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana. A reception on the second and third floors of the Courthouse will immediately follow the ceremony.
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Supervisor Chris Norby was elected Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors January 9th, 2007 and Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach was elected as Vice Chairman of the Board.
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