Nevada CEO Bids County Farewell

Nevada County Chief Executive Officer Rick Haffey is stepping down after 19 years with the county. Haffey’s last day is Aug. 29. He’s retiring -- a decision he announced back in December.

Haffey first joined the county as chief fiscal administrative officer in 1999. He had previously served as Belmont’s city manager, interim police chief, and finance director and had served 12 years as an elected official in South San Francisco, including two stints as mayor.

In 2003, Haffey was appointed Nevada County's CEO. Among other things, he is credited with helping the county weather the economic recession that hit five years later.

"I respect him very much," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Ed Scofield. "I think he's a great leader."

Haffey is pleased to be succeeded by Assistant CEO Alison Lehman. She will become the county’s first female CEO.

Lehman has been with Nevada for 17 years. She previously worked as a program manager with its Department of Social Services, as interim director of Public Health, and as director of the Department of Social Services. She has served in her current role since 2012.