Meet Sacramento’s Next CEO David Villanueva

The County of Sacramento has appointed an insider as its next chief executive. Assistant County Executive David Villanueva has been promoted to the CEO job. He’ll replace Ann Edwards, who is retiring in January.

Edwards called Villanueva her “right-hand man.”

“He really deeply cares about the county as a whole, the constituents, the whole organization and the people that work here,” she added.

Villanueva has worked for the county since 2008 and has served as Assistant CEO since May. He previously served as Deputy County Executive for the Administrative Services Agency, Chief Information Officer, and Director of the Department of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento and completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He also chairs the Board of Trustees for Plumas Lake School District.

“I am pleased to announce that the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint David Villanueva as County Executive," said Board Chair and Third District Supervisor Rich Desmond. "David's career has been dedicated to public service with Sacramento County and the State of California, with which he has had extensive senior management and executive management experience.

“The County as an organization has made tremendous progress over the last three years. We are confident this will continue under David's leadership. David brings a unique combination of business, accounting and technology skills to this role, and he has shown in practice that his decisions are guided by honesty, integrity and a passion for service and transparency."

Villanueva has been credited with leading the Sacramento's new Leadership Development Academy program and implementing the County's Organizational Culture Change Initiative within his department.

"I am deeply honored and grateful for the trust placed in me by the Board of Supervisors in appointing me as the County Executive," said Villanueva. “This opportunity to serve our community is both a privilege and a responsibility that I undertake with great dedication. I am committed to fostering a culture of transparency, collaboration, and customer service excellence within our organization.

“In the spirit of public service, I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated team and community stakeholders to continue to build a County government that is responsive, accountable, and committed to making a positive impact in the lives of our residents."

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