San Benito County Board Hires Ray Espinosa as Permanent CAO

Despite concerns about his qualifications, this week, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors agreed in a 4-1 vote to hire interim County CAO Ray Espinosa as their permanent County Administrative Officer. Espinosa succeeded former CAO Rich Inman, and he has served as interim CAO for the past year.

Many were concerned with Espinosa’s qualifications for the position, as he does not have a college Bachelor’s degree—one of the county’s requirements for CAO. The board of supervisors had to lower the county’s education requirement for the position in order to allow Espinosa to take up a permanent position.

From now on, as per the qualification change, government administrative experience is able to replace the county’s minimum education requirement. 

Read more about the hiring here.



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