SLO Hires Matt Pontes as Administrative Officer

San Luis Obispo County has signed a contract with Matthew Pontes to serve as Administrative Officer. Pontes will earn a yearly salary of $293,000.

Pontes has served as Director of Wildfire and Fuels Management for Sierra Pacific Industries since 2022. Previously, he was Chief Administrative Officer for Shasta County and Assistant County Administrator in Santa Barbara. 

Supervisor Bruce Gibson called Pontes a “widely respected” public administrator. That was underscored by the board’s unanimous vote in favor of his appointment.

Pontes’ first day on the job is Monday. He said he looks forward to tackling issues such as homelessness, affordable housing, infrastructure and the long-term financial stability of SLO.