Tulare County hires Lindsay as Assistant CAO

Longtime City of Hanford administrator Mary Lindsay has been hired as the Assistant County Administrative Officer in Tulare County. Lindsay started Aug. 12.

“We are pleased to bring someone into the Tulare County family with decades of public service expertise,” said Jean Rousseau, County Administrative Officer. “Mary will be a valuable asset to our organization for years to come.”

Prior to her new position with Tulare County, Lindsay worked in various roles during her 26-year-career with the City of Hanford. Lindsay started with the City of Hanford in 1987 as a personnel technician, and then was promoted to personnel analyst and senior administrative analyst. Most recently, she served as Deputy City Manager in Hanford from 1996 to 2012.

Lindsay’s 26 years of service with the City of Hanford unceremoniously came to an end on May 24 of this year when she was fired without an explanation, according to court documents filed in Los Angeles County. Shortly after being fired, Lindsay filed suit against the City for alleging discrimination, hostile work environment and violations of her First Amendment rights. In the lawsuit, Lindsay claimed former Hanford City Manager Hilary Straus and former Interim City Manager Pam McCarthy discriminated against her based on her age, race, gender and disability.

Lindsay is also a plaintiff in a second lawsuit against the City of Hanford involving City department heads who said the City Council improperly voted to make them at-will employees. Both lawsuits are still in court.

Among her duties as Deputy City Manager, Lindsay managed personnel operations, served as a citywide budget coordinator, managed the municipal airport and worked on assigned projects and programs.

As Assistant County Administrative Officer, Lindsay’s duties will include: managing the General Services Department; monitoring, coordinating, and providing direction to the overall administrative activities of the County; establishing funding priorities; determining service levels and allocating budget resources; evaluating program effectiveness; and coordinating legislative activities.

Lindsay earned a degree in Business Administration – Personnel & Industrial Relations from California State University, Fresno in 1986. Prior to CSU, Fresno, Lindsay was a student at the College of the Sequoias.

Lindsay will earn $130,000 annually.

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