Interim Replacement Appointed for Outgoing San Bernardino CEO Greg Devereaux

San Bernardino County’s Chief Operating Officer Dena Smith will assume the duties of County Executive Officer Greg Devereaux once he retires at the end of June. The Board of Supervisors appointed Smith to the interim role Tuesday, while it forges ahead on the nationwide search for a permanent replacement.

Smith, whose appointment takes effect April 1, will be the first African-American to serve as CEO, temporarily or otherwise. She has worked for the county since 1999 and has held a number of roles during her tenure, including chief learning officer, clerk of the board and director of Land Use Services, and deputy executive officer.

“The board has the utmost confidence in Dena’s ability to carry out board policy and lead the county organization as we conduct our due diligence to ensure we make the best choice for our next CEO,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood. “The board has directed county Human Resources to hire a recruitment firm and open the recruitment to internal and external candidates.”

Devereaux announced his retirement on Jan. 19. He has served as CEO for seven years and will continue to serve in an advisory role under the terms of his contract.