L.A.’s CEO Sachi Hamai Announces Retirement
Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai has announced her retirement. Hamai said this week that she will step down at the end of the month.
“This has been a challenging and tumultuous period for our county and its residents, and it has been an honor to help lead our workforce in its unprecedented response to COVID-19” said Hamai, who recently oversaw the development of the $34.9 billion budget for 2020-21. “While we still have a long way to travel on our road to recovery, our budgetary and public health situation is beginning to stabilize and I believe the time is right for me to continue with the retirement plans I first announced last October.”
Hamai has served as CEO since 2015. She was the first Asian American woman to ever hold the job. The county’s website notes she oversaw the overall highest credit rating in the county’s recorded history. She was named one of L.A.’s Top 500 most influential leaders for four straight years by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Hamai. Recently, the CEO has been embroiled in a row with L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva over the sheriff's department budget.
Read more about Hamai’s tenure and departure here.