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Placer County chooses new CEO

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Placer County has a new CEO after a five-month search. David Boesch, who most recently served as county manager in San Mateo County, was chosen Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors to succeed Tom Miller. Miller retired in December and supervisors authorized $30,000 in funding for the search effort soon afterward. Boesch will be paid a base salary of $215,384 a year, plus management benefits. First day on the job for the new county executive officer will be next Monday. Boesch served as San Mateo County manager for almost three years. He was promoted from assistant county manager after less than two years. Before that, he was Menlo Park city manager. Boesch, 54, resigned from the San Mateo County post last November, citing a "difference in philosophies," according to Bay Area news reports at the time. He earned $270,233 annually, not including benefits, in that job. Miller?s salary in his final year was $247,412, with total compensation just short of $320,000. In a statement released by Placer County, Boesch said he is committed to high-quality, cost-effective services, long-range financial management and fostering collaboration across work sectors. "Placer County has a well-established reputation as one of the top municipalities in the Western U.S. I am honored to have been chosen for this extraordinary career opportunity and to serve a community that has such strong traditions as well as unmatched potential," Boesch said. "But there is no question that we face some very challenging near-term economic realities. This will serve to give us focus and added impetus to more fully engage our residents, companies and partners in new and creative ways to build on our shared vision and common values." The county paid Rocklin?s Ralph Andersen & Associates $30,000 to help with the candidate search. Holly Heinzen, the county?s assistant CEO, has been filling in on an interim basis since Miller?s retirement became official in February. Board Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery said Tuesday that Boesch comes to the job with the qualifications and qualities the board was seeking in a CEO. ?The board is excited to have David join this organization at a particularly important and challenging time for local governments everywhere,? Montgomery said. ?We look forward to David?s leadership in working with the board, county staff and our community partners as we preserve what?s best about Placer County and position ourselves for a prosperous future.? The county has a budget this year of $766 million and employs 2,300 people. Boesch and his wife of nearly 30 years, Carrie, will be relocating immediately to Placer County. Their son, Alexander, attends California State University, Chico. A statement from the county says the family already enjoys outdoor activities in Tahoe City, including cycling, hiking and winter sports.