EDC names Olmos as interim CEO

Reggie Ellis

Former Visalia city manager Mike Olmos will lead the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation until it finds a permanent CEO to replace retired Paul Saldana

TULARE COUNTY – Former Visalia city manager Mike Olmos has enjoyed being retired, but not to the point that he wanted to stop working. Nearly three years after retiring from a 41-year career in public administration, Olmos has now taken his second job to help lead a local organization in transition.

On Oct. 29, the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced Olmos as its interim president/chief executive officer. Olmos’ appointment follows the retirement of long-time president/CEO Paul Saldana on Oct. 30, 2020 and will last until the board has found a permanent CEO.

“The Board of the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation is very pleased to have Mr. Olmos serve in an interim capacity as we undertake a comprehensive recruitment effort to select our next permanent president/CEO” said Scott Harness, chair of the TCEDC Board of Directors, “His extensive experience in economic development, along with his knowledge of our regional business environment and relationships with our local governments, will ensure the provision of ongoing, high quality services to our local businesses and partner agencies during the transition to our next president/CEO.”

Olmos’ career began as an urban and regional planner with the County of Tulare in 1975. In 1988 he served as the building and planning director for the City of Tulare before becoming the community development director for the city of Reedley in 1990. Olmos credited his 11 years in Reedley, including time as that city’s assistant city manager, as preparing him to eventually become city manager of the South Valley’s third largest city.

Olmos joined the City of Visalia as city planner in 2001, was promoted to development services director, later renamed community development director, in December 2002 and oversaw the Planning, Transit, and Engineering Divisions. After a reorganization in 2004, he assumed additional responsibility and began overseeing the Public Works Department and was appointed community development and public works director.

In 2005, Olmos was appointed assistant city manager, and worked under longtime city manager Steve Salomon. Upon Salomon’s retirement in 2013, Olmos was appointed city manager.

Olmos retired as city manager but agreed to serve as interim city manager for the City of Hanford in 2019. Throughout his career, Olmos has been deeply involved in economic development activities, including industrial recruitment and retention, retail business development, and local government permitting for business construction and expansion.

Olmos began work with the EDC on Nov. 2, 2020.

The EDC’s mission is to assist the County of Tulare and its cities and communities in economic development and job creation efforts by attracting, supporting and retaining business in our region. The EDC provides technical expertise, resources, and support to companies and local governments in facilitating business location, expansion and permitting efforts.

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