Riverside County Promotes Deputy CEO George Johnson

Riverside County has selected a new chief executive to replace retiring CEO Jay Orr. George Johnson, who has worked as Orr’s chief assistant since 2012, was promoted in closed session Tuesday, effective June 8.

Riverside Supervisors praised Johnson’s record of honesty and his overall familiarity with the County Executive Office. As Kevin Jeffries noted, he’s got a tough job ahead of him. Riverside is currently deficit spending to the tune of some $1 million per week. Sluggish revenues have persisted for years, forcing painful cuts to public safety. The county has hired accounting firm KPMG to help overhaul its fiscal operations.

Johnson has more than two decades of experience working in the public sector. He previously headed the Transportation and Land Management Agency and transportation department.

The new CEO’s contract will be discussed next month.