2003 Press Releases

December 19, 2003 
CEO Appoints Permanent Registrar of Voters

(Santa Ana, CA) - Steven Rodermund, Interim Registrar since January, has been appointed by County Executive Officer James Ruth to the permanent position of Registrar of Voters. The appointment is effective December 22.


October 28, 2003 
James Ruth Appointed CEO

(Santa Ana, CA) - The Board of Supervisors this morning appointed James D. Ruth as County Executive Officer. Ruth,67, who has been Interim CEO for the last nine months, was appointed Feb. 5 by the Board to serve as interim following the departure of Michael Schumacher. In today's action, Ruth will sign a contract which contains a 12-month commitment.


October 21, 2003 
Public invited to Discuss Four Corners Regional Plan

What is Your Vision for the future of the Region? Where do you want to develop housing, protect resources or bring jobs? How would you change roads, transit or the commute in your city?


October 20, 2003 
County Managers Receive Awards

(Santa Ana, CA) - Two County managers were honored this month for their professional achievements. Larry Leaman, recently retired Director of the Social Services Agency (SSA), was honored last week and Karen Roper, Homeless Prevention Specialist, received her award on October 17.


July 11, 2003 
OC Ranks Fourth in Nation For Online Services

(Santa Ana) - The County of Orange ranks fourth in the nation and first in California for using information technology to deliver high-quality, easy-to-use services online, according to the 2003 Digital Counties Survey. The study was conducted jointly by the Center for Digital Government, National Association of Counties (NACO) and Government Technology magazine. Orange County tied with San Diego.


July 11, 2003 
North Tustin Resident Receives Award

(Santa Ana, CA) - Larry Leaman, recently retired Director of the Social Services Agency (SSA), was honored with the Executive leadership Award on October 9 from the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) during its Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento. CWDA is a statewide association in which all 58 California counties participate.


June 30, 2003 
Online Assessment Appeal Services Offered

(Santa Ana) - Orange County residents can challenge their property values by filing an appeal between July 2 and September 15. The Clerk of the Board now offers easy-to-use, password-secured, online filing for county residents at http://assessmentappeals.ocgov.com/aa/.


June 27, 2003 
County Names New PDSD Director

(Santa Ana) - Interim CEO James D. Ruth has appointed a planning expert with 32 years of experience to lead the County's Planning & Development Services Department (PDSD). Bryan Speegle, who has been PDSD's assistant director since 2001, will step into the director's role effective today.


May 27, 2003 
Public Workshop Features County Budget for FY 2003-04

(Santa Ana) - Esmael Adibi, director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University, will present an economic forecast for the coming year at this year's budget workshop, "Doing Business in Difficult Times." The free workshop will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m., May 29 in the Board hearing room on the first floor of the Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana.


May 13, 2003 
Maddox and Silva to Dedicate Wall of Honor

(Santa Ana, CA) - Assemblyman Ken Maddox (R-Costa Mesa) and Supervisor Jim Silva (Second District) will thank Orange County's men and women in the military as they dedicate a Wall of Honor May 16 in the lobby of the County's Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana. The ceremony will take place at 9:30.


April 25, 2003 
County Volunteers Provide Services Valued At $24 Million

(Santa Ana, CA) - As the County faces severe State budget cuts, the value of volunteers becomes truly priceless. More than 24,000 volunteers and 1,084,000 hours of service were valued at $24 million in avoided costs for County government in 2002. To celebrate these achievements, the Board of Supervisors will honor volunteers at the seventh annual Countywide volunteer recognition ceremony.


April 11, 2003 
Orange County Auditor-Controller David Sundstrom Accepts This Year's "AIIM Best Practice Award"

(New York, NY) - The Association of Information and Imaging Management (AIIM) announced today that the County of Orange was one of three winners of its prestigious Best Practices Award for 2003. David E. Sundstrom, county Auditor-Controller accepted the award on behalf of the county at the association's annual convention that was attended by over 20,000 industry professionals. Encompassing North America and Europe, the AIIM Best Practices Award recognizes innovative applications of document and/or process management technologies to solve critical business requirements.


April 9, 2003 
Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Efforts Recognized With National Award Given to Children and Families Commission Member Larry Leaman

IRVINE, CA - (April 9, 2003) - Selected in recognition of his efforts for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, Larry Leaman, a member of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and former director of the Orange County Social Services Agency, was awarded the 2003 Commissioner's Award from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) joining a select group of individuals in receiving national recognition in this important area.


April 7, 2003 
Three Volunteer Programs Win Acts of Caring Awards

(Santa Ana, CA)- Local programs that encourage literacy and protect senior citizens will be recognized at this year's National Association of Counties (NACo) Acts of Caring Awards. The winners include the Orange County Public Library, the Office on Aging in partnership with the Council on Aging, and Probation Community Action Association (PCAA) in partnership with Orange County Revitalization.


February 7, 2003 
2003 Community Indicators Report Available

(Santa Ana, CA) - The fourth annual Orange County Community Indicators report is now available online at www.ocgov.com or by calling 714. 834.7257. This report, which will be highlighted at the Orange County Forum on February 13, tracks Orange County's progress on key economic, social and health measures.


February 5, 2003 
Supervisors Appoint Jim Ruth Interim CEO

(Santa Ana, CA) - The Board unanimously appointed James D. Ruth as Interim County Executive Officer effective today under the following terms:


January 21, 2003 
Chief Information Officer Named for County

(Santa Ana) - An information technology professional with extensive background in government and private industry was named as the County's Chief Information Officer by County Executive Officer Michael Schumacher.


January 17, 2003 
Planning & Development Services Proposes New Fee Schedule Based On Time And Materials Cost Recovery

Planning & Development Services Proposes New Fee Schedule Based On Time And Materials Cost Recovery


January 2, 2003 
County Supervisors Take Oath of Office on Monday

(Santa Ana)- Recently re-elected Supervisors Jim Silva and Tom Wilson along with first-time Supervisor Chris Norby will take their oaths of office at 2 p.m., Jan. 6 on the steps of the Old County Courthouse, 211 West Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana. A reception on the second and third floors of the Courthouse will immediately follow the ceremony.