2013 Press Releases

December 19, 2013 
Assistant Public Defender Appointed by Governor

Orange County Assistant Public Defender Tracy Lesage has been appointed to the State Bar of California's Attorney Diversion and Assistance Program Oversight Committee by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.


November 25, 2013 
County Renewable Energy Project and Airport Director Receive 2013 "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet" Awards

A renewable energy project powered by OC Waste & Recycling and John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy won honors at the 2013 "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet" awards from the Orange County Business Council.


November 19, 2013 
Crime Victims’ Memorial Design Finalists Chosen

Judges have selected five finalists from 59 entries in a competition to design a Crime Victims’ Memorial at William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine. The five designs – from submitters in the US, Mexico and Yugoslavia – include features such as panels remembering victims by name, landscaped remembrance areas and reflecting pools. The finalists have been invited to submit more detailed designs by Jan. 30, 2014.


November 7, 2013 
OC Health Official Honored for Global Leadership

Dr. Samuel Stratton, Medical Director for the Health Care Agency's Emergency Medical Services division, has been honored with the 2013 Award for Global Leadership in Emergency Public Health from the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM).


November 5, 2013 
Dana Point Harbor Director Earns Third Statewide Honor

Brad Gross, OC Dana Point Harbor Director, has become the first person in the 65-year history of the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains to earn his third title as State Harbor Master of the Year.


October 22, 2013 
County Prevails in Lawsuit

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by a former County employee who alleged she had been retaliated against and harassed while working for current County CEO Mike Giancola during his tenure as director of the County's Waste & Recycling Agency.


September 26, 2013 
New OC Public Works Director to Begin Duties on November 4

Following a nationwide recruitment, Shane L. Silsby, P.E., of Phoenix has been selected to become the new Director of OC Public Works, effective November 4.


September 12, 2013 
AB 701 Approved by California Legislature

Assembly Bill 701, which will end Orange County's Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Amount (VLFAA) dispute with the State, has been approved by both houses of the California Legislature and will now go to the Governor for signature.


September 4, 2013 
County of Orange Recognized Nationally with “Best of the Web” Award

The County of Orange has received the Center for Digital Government's 2013 Best of the Web Award for the innovation, functionality, productivity, and performance displayed by its recently re-launched website, www.ocgov.com.


September 4, 2013 
AB 701 to Resolve VLFAA Dispute

Assembly Bill 701 will be introduced in the California Legislature Thursday to help resolve Orange County's Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Amount (VLFAA) dispute. The bill, to be introduced by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (65th District, Fullerton), would allow Orange County to be treated equally with California’s other 57 counties when it comes to the VLFAA funding formula.


August 21, 2013 
New Director of OC Waste & Recycling Selected

The selection of Dylan G. Wright as Director of OC Waste & Recycling was announced today. Wright has served as Interim Director of OC Waste & Recycling since May 2013, and has 17 years of combined public and private sector solid waste industry experience.


June 28, 2013 
County Parks Director Named Chief Operating Officer

County Executive Officer Michael B. Giancola has selected Mark R. Denny, currently Director of OC Parks, to become the County's first Chief Operating Officer effective July 5, 2013.


June 17, 2013 
Selection of Chief Real Estate Officer Announced

Following an open recruitment process, County Executive Officer Michael B. Giancola has announced the appointment of Scott D. Mayer to the position of Chief Real Estate Officer effective June 18, 2013. "Scott brings 25 years of real estate experience to his new role with the County of Orange and we look forward to utilizing his expertise in addressing the County's current and future real estate needs," Giancola said.


June 10, 2013 
Six County Programs Receive NACo Achievement Awards

Six County of Orange programs were selected to receive a 2013 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties (NACo).


May 24, 2013 
New Chief Financial Officer Appointed

County Executive Officer Michael B. Giancola has announced the selection of Frank Kim to serve as the County's Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Kim, who has been the County’s Budget Director for more than five years, will succeed Bob Franz as CFO.


May 17, 2013 
Budget Workshop Set for Friday, May 24

Orange County residents are invited to attend the County's annual Budget Workshop for an introduction to the County’s Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget.


May 8, 2013 
Statement on Grand Jury Report

The County of Orange has already taken several steps to address the concerns identified in the Grand Jury report entitled "The Culture of Harassment: Change on the Horizon," which was released today.


May 7, 2013 
Supervisors Appoint County Executive Officer

The County of Orange Board of Supervisors today selected Michael B. Giancola to serve as County Executive Officer effective immediately.


April 16, 2013 
Supervisors Appoint Auditor-Controller

The Orange County Board of Supervisors today appointed Jan Grimes to serve as the County's Auditor-Controller. Ms. Grimes has been serving as the Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller and has more than 34 years of experience with the County of Orange. The appointment was made following the interview of four candidates for the position, which is one of the County's elected offices.


April 3, 2013 
Crime Victims' Memorial Unveiling

Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, on behalf of his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors and the OC Parks Department, will host a crime victims’ memorial unveiling and inaugural candlelight vigil on Wednesday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m.


April 2, 2013 
Supervisors Appoint Clerk-Recorder

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted April 2nd to appoint Hugh Nguyen to the office of County Clerk-Recorder. Mr. Nguyen has worked for the County of Orange since 1994, serving with the Clerk-Recorder's Office and the Office of the Clerk of the Board during his County career. The appointment followed the Board’s interviews with eleven candidates for Clerk-Recorder, which is one of the County’s elected offices.


March 1, 2013 
County Launches Re-Designed Website

The County of Orange has officially launched its re-designed website, www.ocgov.com, which includes a fresh new look, enhanced features and streamlined navigation.


February 27, 2013 
Public Defender to Receive Honor

Orange County’s Public Defender, Frank Ospino, will be honored as Attorney of the Year by the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County during an event on Saturday, March 2.


January 10, 2013 
County Saves on Pension Costs

The County of Orange has successfully borrowed $268 million through the sale of short-term Pension Obligation Bonds at interest rates of less than one percent, allowing the County to reduce pension costs by over $20 million.


January 4, 2013 
Newly Elected Supervisors to Take Oath of Office

Newly elected members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors will take their Oath of Office and begin their new terms in office on Monday, January 7, 2013. The swearing-in ceremony for First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Third District Supervisor-Elect Todd Spitzer is scheduled for 10 a.m. on the front lawn of the Old County Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Boulevard, Santa Ana 92701.


January 3, 2013 
Candidates Sought for Three Vacant County Offices

Qualified candidates are reminded that less than two weeks remain to apply for consideration of appointment to one of three County of Orange elected offices that are currently vacant. The Board of Supervisors is seeking candidates for the offices of Auditor-Controller, Clerk-Recorder and Public Administrator.


January 2, 2013 
Standard & Poor's Rates County Pension Obligation Bonds 'A+'

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has assigned its 'A+' rating to Orange County's taxable pension obligation bonds (POBs), series 2013A. At the same time, Standard & Poor's affirmed its 'AA-' issuer credit rating (ICR) on the County and its 'A+' long-term rating and underlying rating (SPUR) on the County's lease revenue bonds, recovery bonds, and POBs.