Board puts major county projects in new hands

Tulare County Board of Supervisors appoint Daniel Richardson as director of general services, replacing John Hess

The Sun-Gazette

TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County is turning an $80 million general services agency budget to someone new to begin 2020

At their Dec. 17 meeting, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced their appointment of Daniel Richardson as the new director of the Tulare County general services agency effective Jan. 5. Richardson will fill the position vacated by John Hess, who was promoted to Assistant County Administrative Officer in August.

“Thank you for placing your trust in me in this significant position,” Richardson said. “I look forward to getting to know my new colleagues and to work closely with agency staff and fellow department heads to perform the work as directed by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator.”

Richardson is joining Tulare County from Tuolumne County where he served as the General Services Agency Director. A native of California, Richardson has 25 years of experience in local government having worked in the Tuolumne County Administration Office for over 20 years as an Administrative Analyst and Deputy County Administrator.

The agency is comprised of over 150 employees and provides a variety of public services including Tulare County Parks & Recreation and the Tulare County Museum. The General Services Agency also provides resources to other county departments including fleet services, print & mail, utilities, custodial services and grounds maintenance. In addition, the agency oversees property management, capital projects and purchasing for the County.

Richardson shared he is excited to serve the citizens of Tulare County and looks forward to moving to the community with his family. He and his wife Kathleen have six children. As the County General Services Agency Director, Richardson’s base salary will be $135,000.

Richardson has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on local government from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

“General Services has been a focus of this Board of Supervisors. Our new solar projects, energy efficiency, public art, drought resistant landscaping, surplus property, museum modernization, and park improvements are efforts this Board has directed General Services to undertake,” Board Chairman Kuyler Crocker said. “Daniel has the experience to hit the ground running and bring a fresh perspective with our culture of continuous improvement. As a family man and a longtime resident of Central California, I know he will fit into the Tulare County family very well.”

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