Cindy Chavez Called Leading Candidate for San Diego County Top Administrator

Santa Clara County 2nd District Supervisor Cindy Chavez is the leading candidate for San Diego County Chief Administrative Officer, according to a breaking story on Twitter by La Prensa, the bilingual newspaper for the state’s second most-populous county.

The final decision for who gets the $300,000-plus-per-year job running day-to-day operations of San Diego County could come in the next few weeks.

Final hiring would require a public vote in May, but the topic of hiring a new county administrator is on the agenda of an executive session by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors tomorrow, April 4.

One other leading candidate, according to La Prensa, is Paul Worlie, chief of staff for County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. Fletcher is resigning from the county board in May in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal.

La Prensa calls the selection of the county’s top administrator “the most important hiring in decades.”

Chavez is being touted for her combination of experience in county and city government as well as her role as director of the AFL-CIO South Bay Labor Council. The bilingual newspaper did not mention her two unsuccessful bids for mayor of San Jose.

Chavez has spent the months since her November defeat rebuilding her local political resume and support for a possible third mayoral campaign. She terms out as supervisor in 2024.

Three decades of journalism experience, as a writer and editor with Gannett, Knight-Ridder and Lee newspapers, as a business journal editor and publisher and as a weekly newspaper editor in Scotts Valley and Gilroy; with the Weeklys group since 2017. Recipient of several first-place writing and editing awards, California News Publishers Association.


  1. If we can’t get her out of politics, at least get her out of Santa Clara County. San Diego will learn their mistake soon enough.

  2. Dear Community,

    The East Valley will.suffer at the hands of the less experienced.

    That is the truth.

    The only one protecting the East Valley from the Wolves is Cindy.

    I can debate this anytime.

    No brag – just facts.

    In Community Spirit,
    Danny Garza

    Plata Arroyo Neighborhood Association and Gateway East N.A.C.

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