County consolidates in cost-saving move |

County consolidates in cost-saving move

Gregory Crofton

El Dorado County leaders have approved a recommendation that calls for an assistant chief administrative officer at South Shore.

The move would create a vital connection between the East and West Slopes and improve the efficiency of county operations, according to Supervisor Dave Solaro.

“I feel an assistant chief administrative officer (at Tahoe) is long overdue,” Solaro said. “It’s something I’ve been pushing for.”

Solaro said many people don’t realize that the county has a larger staff at South Shore than the city of South Lake Tahoe. The county employs about 300 people while the city employs about 200.

The recommendation came from a consultant hired to analyze how to best consolidate five county service departments: environmental management, department of transportation, planning, building and general services.

Laura Gill, chief administrative officer for El Dorado County, ordered the consolidation in an effort to make the county more efficient while addressing a predicted $10.5 million budget shortfall come July 1.

The consultant’s report, approved by a 3-2 vote from the Board of Supervisors last week, also recommended staffing a deputy director at the county’s transportation division at Tahoe.

“From what I’m being told the guys at the Department of Transportation are missing out on some grant opportunities that could mean more money for the Tahoe basin,” Gill said. “That’s one of the things I’ll have to pursue. I’ve been told the (grant) avenues are there, but what I have to do is see if they are actually there.”

The Board of Supervisors directed Gill’s staff to bring back a more refined proposal regarding for the two proposed positions at Tahoe within a month.

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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