Tulare County CAO Leaving for Fresno County

Jean Rousseau became Tulare’s Chief Administrative Officer in 2007 and led the county through the “Great Recession.”

The move is a homecoming for Rousseau, who cut his teeth in the local government game while working in a variety of roles in Fresno County over a 15 year period.

“We are very pleased that Mr. Rousseau has accepted the position,” stated Fresno Supervisors Chairwoman Debbie Poochigian. “He brings a wealth of public management and accounting experience to the job and we look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

Rousseau appears to be leaving Tulare County in rock solid shape, as the county just paid nearly $17 million in cash to acquire a large office building out in Visalia. He also departs with high praise from his Tulare County Board of Supervisors. “Jean proved to be a valuable asset by helping to maintain the County’s financial stability. We are very appreciative of the services he has provided during his career with the County of Tulare,” said Tulare Supervisors Chairman Steven Worthley. “Although we are sad to see him depart, we know he will excel in his new position representing one of the largest counties in the San Joaquin Valley.”

Tulare County will likely tap an interim CAO while a full search is conducted.

More on Rousseau’s move back to Fresno County can be found here.

Image Credit: Flickr User jstephenconn, https://flic.kr/p/d6pHzN via (CC BY-NC 2.0)


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