After more than two months without a Resource Management Agency (RMA) director, San Benito County hired Harry Mavrogenes to take over the position on June 12. His salary will be $190,736, the same as his predecessor, Deputy County Administrative Officer Edgar Nolasco said.
County Supervisor Mark Medina said Mavrogenes, 69, was the best candidate given his experience in planning and public service. He said the county was looking not only for a leader, but someone who can implement a succession plan to give the position continuity.
“The idea here is to bring in a second in command,” Medina said. “We are also looking for a deputy RMA director and have this individual [Mavrogenes] teach the other individual the position so when he does retire in five to ten years the other person takes over.”
Medina said he would like to see the county hire the deputy RMA director within six months.
Mavrogenes was director of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport in San Joaquin County from 2013 to 2017. He also served as the chief deputy county administrator for two years. Prior to those positions, he was executive director of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency for nine years and deputy executive director for six years.
According to Recordnet, Mavrogenes is credited with obtaining a three-year, $650,000 grant to attract services to Los Angeles and about $10 million in grants for improvements at the Stockton airport.
Mavrogenes is quoted in the article as saying he loved the job, but not the commute from the Bay Area. He retired in December 2017.
The RMA director position for San Benito County was last held by John Guertin. County Planner Tavin Kinison Brown announced Guertin’s resignation at a San Benito County Planning Commission meeting on March 20. In that meeting, Brown said the resignation “left the RMA staff shell-shocked.”
In his nearly two years as director, Guertin most notably faced accusations of being unqualified for his position by resident and Union Heights developer Richard Ferreira in his dealings with County Service Areas (CSA).
During his tenure, Guertin hired Jessica Stratton as a full-time CSA coordinator in June 2018. Prior to Stratton’s hire, that position was never filled.
Prior to Guertin, the county also experienced a sudden retirement announcement by then-head of the department Brent Barnes.
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