County Administrative Office

Ray Espinosa, CAO
481 4th St., 1st Floor
Hollister, CA   95023-3840


Lorena Moreno, Executive Secretary




To provide effective leadership, management, and coordination of County services and employees to realize the goals of the organization, fulfill State mandates, and carry out the vision of the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.


Program Description:


The County Administrative Office operates much like an executive office in a corporation, overseeing the broad requirements of the organization, with the County Administrative Officer as the Chief Executive Officer.


At the County of San Benito, the County Administrative Office also includes responsibility for:

  • Clerk of the Board.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Program.
  • Adminstering contracts for fire protection and veterans services with the California Department of Forestry and Monterey County, respectively.
  • Directing Emergency Services during a major natural or man-made disaster or emergency.


The County Administrative Officer is appointed by, serves at the pleasure of, and is responsible to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors for the execution of the Board’s decisions and to coordinate the work of all County departments.  The County Administrative Officer attends all meetings of the Board.  The County Administrative Officer may speak to matters under discussion and provide professional advice and recommendations to the Board.  The County Administrative Officer originates written reports to the Board, reviews all other staff reports, and directs the preparation of the Board’s meeting agendas.


On a daily basis, the County Administrative Officer provides business advice to the Board of Supervisors and acts as its representative in negotiations with labor unions, other government organizations, businesses, and property owners.


Following the policies and directions set by the Board of Supervisors, the County Administrative Officer oversees the work of all departments with appointed department heads to achieve the desired results.  When necessary, the County Administrative Officer will develop policies and procedures that have County-wide application.


The County Administrative Officer also coordinates the preparation of the Proposed Budget for presentation to the Board by June 30th of each year.  The Proposed Budget must be balanced, with estimated revenues offsetting proposed expenditures.  During the year, the CAO monitors revenues and expenditures to ensure that budget targets are being met and  exercises discretion over budget administration.


The County Administrative Officer is the most senior appointed officer in the county organizational structure.


Physical Location


San Benito County Administrative Office
County Administration Building
481 4th St., 1st Floor
Hollister, CA   95023-3840
Hours: M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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Contact Us

Phone: 831.636.4000
Fax: 831.636.4010




California State Association of Counties (CSAC)
National Association of Counties (NACO)
Institute for Governmental Studies – UC Berkeley
State and Local Government on the Net
Local Government Publications – Legislative Analyst’s Office
California Statistical Abstract
The California Budget Project
San Benito County Quick Facts from the US Census Bureau
Per Capita Income by County, US Bureau of Economic Analysis
Taxable Sales for California, State Board of Equalization
Local Government Annual Financial Reports, State Controller’s Office
Demographics of California Counties: A Comparison of 1980, 1990, and 2000 Census Data