For Position 1

Timothy Ewell, Chief Assistant County Administrator, County of Contra Costa, California

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GFOA Activities

  • GFOA member for fourteen years
  • Current chair of GFOA’s Committee on Governmental Debt Management; served on the Committee from 2017 to present and 2011 to 2013
  • Member of GFOA’s Urban Forum
  • Presenter at GFOA Annual Conference sessions and training courses on Disclosure, ESG, and Credit Rating agency interactions
  • Past Reviewer for GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program

Contributions to the Profession/Jurisdiction

  • Coordinator of COVID-19 cost recovery efforts, including administration of CARES Act - CRF, ARPA - CSLFRF, ERAP and FEMA Public Assistance revenues, collectively totaling approximately $760 million
  • Served as Project Manager for County efforts to list a 0.5% sales tax measure on the ballot, including working with cities to seek sponsored legislation to authorize levy of the tax. The sales tax passed in November 2020 and is projected to generate over $2 billion for the County over 20 years
  • Completed multiple refunding financings resulting in NPV cost savings of $21 million since 2015
  • Project Manager for a study conducted on the operations of the County Fire District following negative impacts of the Great Recession, ensuring continuity of fire and EMS services to residents
  • Project Manager for a financial review conducted of an innovative redesign to ambulance services provided in most of the County
  • Served on the project team for a County application to the State for a $70 million grant to build a high security jail, reentry, and mental health treatment facility on the existing campus of the West County Detention Facility
  • Received California State University–East Bay’s Alumni Association “40 Under 40” Award in 2018
  • Member of Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and Workgroup Member for project to draft practice exam questions for the AGA Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) credential examination
  • Credentialed California County Senior Executive, California State Association of Counties (CSAC) in 2017
  • CGFM since 2012

Goals for GFOA

I believe the primary objective of GFOA is education to GFOA’s membership, lawmakers, and financial markets. We can continue to accomplish this through several important initiatives such as development of best practices and advisories, crafting policy statements that help with legislative advocacy, and working with peer organizations to provide expertise on public finance, budgeting, and governmental accounting.


California State University–East Bay, Master of Business Administration, Finance
California State University–East Bay, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance