San Bernardino Hires New CEO and County Counsel

San Bernardino’s Chief Financial Officer will assume the county’s top executive position next month. The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to appoint Gary McBride as the county’s next chief executive officer, effective Nov. 25. The selection followed an extensive recruitment process that produced over 34 interviews and 12 meetings with an array of candidates from both the private and public sectors.

“Gary’s integrity, strong financial background and experience with the county made him the stand-out candidate for Chief Executive Officer of San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood. “I have trusted his advice in the past and look forward to working with him as we pursue the opportunities ahead.”

Other supervisors described him as thoughtful, knowledgeable, and a natural leader.

McBride will earn an annual salary of $301,000, which is about $18,000 less than his predecessor, Greg Devereux. Devereux announced his retirement in January. Dena Smith has been serving as interim CEO.

McBride holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in public administration from Cal State San Bernardino. He began working for the county as a fiscal clerk for Human Services in 1994 and was promoted to staff analyst in Public Health two years later. He went on to become Public Health division chief, deputy executive officer of the County Administrative Office, and CFO in 2013. McBride is also involved in a number of nonprofits. He founded the Animals Are First Fund and currently serves as treasurer of the Los Angeles Region of Destination Imagination.

In addition to McBride’s appointment, San Bernardino County supervisors filled their top legal post last week. Chief Assistant County Counsel Michelle Blakemore, a 28-year veteran of the Office of County Counsel, was promoted to the spot Tuesday.

The county’s press releases on McBride’s and Blakemore’s hiring are available here and here.

The San Bernardino Sun also has more on the county’s next CEO.


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