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Sturla Recommended to Head New Child Support Services Department

County Executive Office - Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2002

Contact: Diane Thomas
714.834.6203

Sturla Recommended to Head New Child Support Services Department
(Santa Ana) - On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will hear a recommendation to appoint Jan C. Sturla as head of the new department of Child Support Services (CSS). Sturla, a Deputy District Attorney for 25 years, has served as Director of the District Attorney's Family Support Division (FSD) since 1999.

With the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 196 and Senate Bill (SB) 542, the State Legislature mandated that a new County Department, separate from the District Attorney, be created to administer the child support program. As of July 1, all 58 California Counties, including Orange County, will have transitioned from the District Attorney to independent County Departments.

Sturla joined FSD in 1992 and, since that time, collections have increased 245 percent. In 1995, he initiated the Price-Waterhouse Study that revamped the FSD organization resulting in improved service, increased collections and greater efficiency. Under his direction, FSD has met or exceeded all State and Federal requirements. This allows the division to operate without using County funds, "Jan helped create the top-performing child support collection's program among California's largest counties," said Cynthia P. Coad, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. "He has already established a working partnership with State and County officials and is the ideal person to guide CSS through the transition process."

Sturla received a bachelor of art's degree in economics from California State University, Fullerton and law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.

The appointment is effective July 1. His salary will be $147,160 per year.