Riverside CEO Jay Orr to Retire

Riverside County Executive Officer Jay Orr is retiring at the end of August, according to an announcement issued Wednesday.

“I’ve had a dream career,” said the 60-year-old top administrator, who steered Riverside through the fallout of the Great Recession of 2007-08. “I have been a prosecutor, defense attorney, teacher, attended the U.S. Naval Academy and more. How many people get to serve our community in so many different ways?”

Board of Supervisors Chairman John Tavaglione said it was Orr’s leadership that helped the county navigate the brutal economic downturn, placing it on a path for sound financial footing that will serve it well for years to come. During his tenure, he also oversaw the creation of an integrated health care network and consolidation of the county’s IT functions, which saved the county a great deal of money.

“Our board wishes Jay nothing but the best as he enters the next and exciting chapter of his professional career.”

Orr has served as CEO since 2012, earning an annual salary of $362,095 a year. His next successor will have to grapple a number of budgetary challenges he recently outlined in a memo to supervisors.

As county officials begin their search for Orr’s replacement, neighboring San Bernardino County will also be on the lookout for its next permanent CEO. San Bernardino’s executive officer Greg Devereaux announced his retirement in January. Chief Operating Officer Dena Smith is taking over Devereaux’s duties on an interim basis


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