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County’s chief administrative officer to take Elk Grove job

Jeff Munson

Laura Gill, El Dorado County’s chief administrative officer, announced she is resigning her position to become city manager of Elk Grove.

Gill, who began her current position in 2003, will stay through El Dorado County’s budget process through the middle of June, said Norma Santiago, El Dorado 5th District supervisor.

“I understand and appreciate the fact that she is moving on for greater opportunities,” Santiago said Friday. “I’ve had a very very good working relationship with her. She has been very responsive to my questions and to some of my concerns I’ve had in dealing with various county issues. And I will miss her. I wish her the best of luck in her new position.”

The announcement was made Thursday.

El Dorado County faces a $14 million deficit with an overall budget of about $600 million. The budgeting process is scheduled through much of June.

Supervisors will meet Tuesday in closed session to discuss the terms of her departure, Santiago said.

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“She is entrenched in the process now, and to bring someone up to speed would not be a good idea, and she recognizes that,” Santiago said.

Gill was unavailable for comment Friday.

The news surprised some people, but others say Gill’s departure is about right on track for a typical county CAO. Gill replaced James Bourey, who was fired by the Board of Supervisors in May 2003 after nearly four months on the job.

She came to El Dorado County after serving in an administrative position in Durham, N.C.

“I think it will be really good for her in Elk Grove. It is an organization that she will grow in. I’m happy for her,” said Jim Mitrisin, executive assistant to the chief administrative officer.