Chief Deputy County Administrative Office

Chief Deputy County Administrative Office
County of Lake
 Lakeport, California
Job Description


Under administrative direction of the County Administrative Officer, assists with planning, organizing, reviewing, managing, and supervising the functions of the county government; administers the county’s economic development program and manage centralized purchasing; represents the Board of Supervisors policies and programs with county staff, community organizations, other agencies, and the public, as delegated; assists with preparation and review county departments’ annual budget requests and develop final expenditure recommendations for presentation to the Board of Supervisors; and performs related duties as assigned.


This is a single-position management classification for the position, which serves as the primary assistant to the County Administrative Officer, providing a variety of support the management and supervision of the functions of the County government. The position is assigned areas of direct management responsibility. This classification is distinguished from the Deputy County Administrative Officer by exercising a wider scope of management responsibilities.

This is a discrete classification. The incumbent in this management position serves at the pleasure of his/her appointing authority, which means the employment relationship is at-will, and that the County of Lake or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time, with or without cause.


Reports to County Administrative Officer. Exercises direct or general supervision over management, supervisory, professional, paraprofessional, technical, and administrative support staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public administration, including administrative analysis, fiscal planning, and control, and policy and program development.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures. Laws, rules, ordinances, and legislative processes controlling County government services and operations. Organization, problems, and functions of county government. Research and evaluation methods.
  • Personnel, employer-employee relations, and equal employment opportunity programs, procedures, and requirements. Grant procurement and administration. Personal computers and software applications related to county management and administration.
  • Customer service principles and techniques. Written and oral communications skills. Proper English spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Computers and software programs (e.g., Microsoft software applications) to conduct research, assess information, and/or prepare documentation. Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction.

Licensing and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver’s License.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, communications, or a closely related field,


  • Five (5) years of full-time experience performing a variety of administrative and fiscal analysis work, preferably including work in a public agency involving the development and administration of programs, budgets, and public services or
  • At least two (2) years of full-time experience equivalent to a Deputy County Administrative Officer III with the County of Lake.
  • A Master’s Degree in Public Administration or Business Administration or a closely related field is desirable.


The County of Lake is an equal opportunity employer and will comply with its obligations under the law to provide equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Incumbents generally work in a typical office environment with adequate light and temperature. There may be occasional exposure to extreme temperatures, loud noise, fumes, noxious odors, dust, mist, gases, and poor ventilation; underground, confined, or restricted workspaces; and heights more than five stories above ground level. Incumbents may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Positions in this class typically require: sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work: Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

This position may require local and statewide travel, as necessary.

A successful candidate will be required to submit to and pass a background check prior to the appointment. Depending upon the position and/or assigned department, the background check may include but is not limited to civil and criminal history check, reference check, Live Scan, and/or credit check (as allowed under state law).

Disaster Service Workers: As members of the County of Lake Emergency Services Organization, all Lake County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers during a proclaimed emergency and may be required to perform certain emergency services at the direction of the department and / or County.

The contents of this class specification shall not be construed to constitute any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee, nor shall it constitute a contract of employment. The County of Lake assumes no responsibility beyond the general accuracy of the document, nor does it assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained herein. The contents of this specification may be modified or revoked without notice. Terms and conditions of employment are determined through a “meet and confer” process and are subject to the Memorandum of Understanding currently in effect.