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Eastern Sierra News for June 16, 2024





–  Press release from Mono County

Mono County, Calif. – On Tuesday, May 21, the Mono County Board of Supervistors announced its selection of Jim Leddy as the new Mono County Administrator.

Jim Leddy

Jim Leddy

The selection follows an extensive recruitment process begun in January and guided by the Board’s efforts to strengthen strategic planning for the county. Jim Leddy currently serves as a Deputy County Administrator/Community andGovernment Affairs Manager for the County of Sonoma. The Board of Supervisors intends to approve a contract formally appointing Mr. Leddy as County Administrator on June 4 starting on June 10.

The salary will be $160,000 annually.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Byng Hunt commented, “Jim brings energy, experience and a commitment to effective and efficient public services. The Board was unanimous in the decision to ask him to join our community. This Board is identifying and working on a series of short and long term challenges facing our County and we know we need an Administrator that will work with the community, the staff and the Board to maximize results.” Chairman Hunt further commented, “The Board also extends its appreciation to Public Health Director Lynda Salcido and County Counsel Marshall Rudolph for their respective services as Acting CAO during this process.”

Prospective County Administrator Jim Leddy commented, “It is such an honor to be given the opportunity to work for the Board and join with fellow public servants of Mono County in delivering high quality, crucial services. Mono County is an amazing place of rugged, natural beauty and has challenges and opportunities. I am confident by working together, we can strengthen public services while being wise stewards of taxpayer resources. The Board’s commitment to building a strong strategic planning process through collaborative partnerships is exciting and I can’t wait to get started!”

Prior to coming to Mono County, Jim has two decades of public service experience. Jim has served as the Community and Governmental Affairs Manager (Deputy County Administrator) of Sonoma County since 2008, a position with additional public information and legislative responsibilities. Prior to working for Sonoma County, Jim was the Executive Director of the Napa County Planning and Transportation Agency from 2006 to 2008. From 1993 to 2006, Jim worked for the State Senate serving in the District Offices of two Senators, first as a Field representative then District Director.

Jim grew up in the rural community of Monte Rio in Sonoma County. He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Davis in Sociology (Criminology Focus). Jim is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute, University of Virginia (Weldon Cooper School of Public Policy – 2011).

In addition to his professional service, Jim, age 45, is a former member of the Santa Rosa School Board having served two terms from 2001-2008. Jim is married to Kathy Hayes, his wife of 15 years, and they have twin 11-year-old sons, Logan and John.


– Press release from Inyo County

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the appointment of Clint Quilter as the Director of the Inyo County Public Works Department. The Public Works Director position has been filled on an interim basis by Doug Wilson, of Willdan Engineering, since January 2011.Mr. Quilter will begin work in Inyo County on August 5th.

Clint Quilter

Clint Quilter

The Board will act upon a standard County personnel services contract in open session to finalize Mr. Quilter’s appointment. The appointment of Mr. Quilter was made by a unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors, with all members present.

“I’m extremely pleased we were able to reach agreement with Mr. Quilter”, said Board Chair, Linda Arcularius. “It’s been a long recruitment, but well worth it.I’m sure Mr. Quilter will validate the discernment exercised by the Board in selecting our next leader for this important department.”

Mr. Quilter comes to Inyo County from the City of Hollister, California, where he has worked for the past 24 years; the last nine as the City Manager.Prior to being appointed City Manager, Mr. Quilter served as the City’s Public Works Director for seven years.Mr. Quilter is a graduate of Tonopah High School, in Tonopah, Nevada.

“I am extremely excited to begin work for Inyo County. Having met and interacted with both the Board and a number of staff members, it is clear to me that it will be a great place to work. Being from the general area, I have a great love of high desert and eastern Sierra. I can’t wait to get started”