By Kathy Chouteau
Monica Nino, San Joaquin County’s administrator, is set to become Contra Costa County’s next administrator. Nino will be the first female and also the first Hispanic person to fill the role.
The County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote to approve the hiring of Nino at its Tuesday, Dec. 8 meeting. Pending the vote, Nino’s start date will be Jan. 4, 2021.
Following an extensive recruitment process, Nino was selected from three finalists. She brings to the table a strong background as a public administrator, experience in pandemic response, work with County hospitals and also in finance, County officials said. She will replace County Administrator David Twa, who is retiring.
Nino has worked as San Joaquin County’s administrator since June 2013, overseeing 26 county departments, a $1.9 billion annual operating budget and more than 7,500 county employees serving a population of 765,000 residents. Prior to her role as administrator, she served as the chief executive officer for Stanislaus County, a role she first assumed in 1988.
Along her career path, Nino has also served on the San Joaquin Health Commission, Sex Offender Management Board—for which she was appointed by Governor Brown—the Council of Governments Management & Finance Committee and iHub San Joaquin.
“We’re fortunate to appoint someone with Monica’s professional expertise to help us lead this organization into the future,” said Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Chair Candace Andersen.
“Her knowledge of County operations, command of county budgets, experience with county hospitals and her local leadership during the COVID-19 health crisis are exceptional. We know that Monica is committed to continuing to build a community that is forward-thinking and inclusive of all its residents. We look forward to having her on board.”