Statement by Chair Hilda L. Solis on Appointment of New Executive Leadership

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board unanimously approved the appointment of new County executive leadership.

“As Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who for the first time is composed of all-women, I am proud to welcome a history-making, diverse and highly accomplished group of new department heads, including our County’s first African American Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ensuring equity and representation at the executive level is of paramount importance as we continue to serve and guide the nation’s most populous County through the most challenging period in our recent history.

That is why, as Chair of the Board, I have made it a priority to work with my colleagues to make these critical appointments as we enter the next phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

These new appointees possess outstanding credentials as proven leaders in their professions and will oversee crucially important areas—including support for consumers, businesses and, unsheltered, justice system reform and housing.

Heading the list of today’s appointees is Fesia Davenport, who as CEO is responsible not just for the County’s $37-billion-plus budget but also for fostering innovation and collaboration across all departments to accomplish the Board’s ambitious policy agenda.

She is joined by other distinguished leaders whose appointments were also confirmed today by the Board of Supervisors:

  • Rodrigo Castro-Silva, County Counsel
  • Emilio Salas, Executive Director of the L.A. County Development Authority
  • Rafael Carbajal, Director of Consumer and Business Affairs
  • Adolfo Gonzales, Chief Probation Officer

In another milestone, the Board also appointed Wendelyn Julien as the first Executive Director of the new Probation Oversight Commission.

These exceptional leaders take the helm of some of our most pivotal departments and agencies at a critical moment for Los Angeles County and its residents. I am confident that their collective skills and experience will strengthen our County family and provide crucial leadership as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis while working to create a better County for all our residents in the months and years ahead.

Our County workforce has risen heroically during this public health emergency, and that work continues. From serving our families and seniors at food distributions with great compassion, to delivering testing and medical care, to assisting small businesses and providing relief for tenants, our entire County family has served as beacon of hope during these challenging times.

Hope is on the way, with the arrival of new vaccines, but there is much hard work ahead of us. I know that the Board and our newest executive leaders share my vision for a County government that truly reflects the communities we serve.”

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2021-01-05T11:27:46-08:00January 5th, 2021|COVID-19, In the news, Press Release|