Merced County Association of Governments Names New Director

The Merced County Association of Governments is promoting its deputy director and interim executive to the permanent director’s position. Stacie Dabbs will replace former executive director Patrick Pittenger who resigned after one year without explanation. Dabbs is slated to earn an annual salary of $180,083 plus benefits.

Dabbs has been with the organization since 2014 and previously worked as a policy advisor for former Congressman Dennis Cordoza. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fresno State and a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Stanislaus.

Livingston Councilman and MCAG Governing Board Chairman Alex McCabe said Dabbs’ “proven leadership and strong management skills” make her the right fit for the job.

The Merced County Association of Governments is a consortium of city and county governments dedicated to regional issues such as air quality, waste management, and transportation. As its executive director, Dabbs will oversee the Transit Joint Powers Authority, the Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority and the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System.