County Administrative Office (CAO)

Mission Statement

The office is organized around a team concept. The basic duties of support for the county’s budgetary and legislative function that were formerly known as the "County Administrative Office" are now called the CAO-Management and Budget Team. The entire office has participated in development of values, vision and mission statements in preparation for work as a high performance organization.

The vision of the County Administrative Office is to L-E-A-D the organization through:
  • Learning
  • Excelling
  • Achieving
  • Daring to be different
The office strives to foster the values of R-E-S-P-E-C-T:
  • Reaching for innovative solutions
  • Engaging in ethical behavior
  • Serving the public and exceeding their expectations
  • Promoting teamwork and collaboration
  • Encouraging and enabling others to grow
  • Creating a positive work environment
  • Taking responsibility for our actions
Our mission is to:
  • Support our community's needs through:
  • Unparalleled service
  • Participatory leadership
  • Professional growth
  • Optimal management of resources
  • Responsible policies and procedures
  • Teamwork
  1. Communications

    This division of the County Administrative Office is responsible for managing the county’s utilities, radio and telephone systems, and cable television franchises.

  2. Economic Development

    The county Economic Development Team plays a key role in economic development by convening business leaders in the target industries, listening to their needs, advocating for those needs, garnering resources to address target industry priorities, and facilitating collaboration among leaders and agencies to address those priorities.

  3. Information Technology

    Information Technology is responsible for the operation and integrity of the county’s information infrastructure, which includes the network, servers and databases, desktop computers, and business applications.

  4. Management & Budget

    The Management and Budget Team assists the Board of Supervisors in development and implementation of policies among other things.

  5. Purchasing & Disposition

    It is the purpose of the Purchasing and Disposition Team to maintain continuity of supplies and services to support county departments enabling them to provide services to the public and to purchase at the lowest cost consistent with the quality and quantity required.

  6. Measure Z Information

    Due to budget constraints, sheriff’s patrols have been greatly reduced across Humboldt County, meaning it can sometimes take several hours for a sheriff’s deputy to respond to a call. Measure Z can provide the funds we need to expand patrols, maintain emergency 9-1-1 response times, and make sure calls about violent or property crimes are responded to promptly.