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Monterey County CAO Lew Bauman Announces Retirement

Post Date:05/30/2019 4:15 PM

Monterey County Administrative Officer Lew Bauman has announced his retirement from public service on September 14, 2019, after 20 years with Monterey County.

Bauman joined Monterey County on September 13, 1999 as Public Works Director and was then appointed as CAO in January 2005 following retirement of former CAO Sally Reed.  Before coming to Monterey County, Bauman held positions as City Engineer in Foster City and Senior Engineer in the City of San Jose.

During his 14 years as the County’s County Administrative Officer, Bauman was responsible to the Board of Supervisors in managing a wide range of services dedicated to county residents and guiding the County through tumultuous times such as the fallout of the dot com crash, the real estate crash in 2008 and the following Great Recession as well as the 2008 Basin Complex and 2016 Soberanes fires.

Bauman notes the many challenges over the last two decades, but is most proud of several successes of the County team:  the turnaround of Natividad Medical Center; financing of the Road Fund and rebuilding the County’s infrastructure; stabilization of the County budget process which enabled the County to weather difficult times while still providing critical services; the recent turn-around at Laguna Seca Raceway and the reorganization of departments for efficiency including consolidating land use and related services into the Resource Management Agency.

“Not only has Lew been a great leader and an excellent administrator, but he has set an example of community service beyond his career in public service,” says Chair of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors John Phillips, who notes Bauman has served on many boards, commissions and organizations over the years including the United Way, Community Health Innovations (CHOMP) and Monterey Rotary to name just a few. “He will be tough to replace, and we’ll miss him.”

The search for a new County Administrative Officer is underway and will include a nation-wide recruitment.

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