Calaveras Auditor-Controller to Step Down

Calaveras County Auditor-Controller Rebecca Callen is leaving for the private sector. The Calaveras Enterprise reports Callen has accepted a job as a Save Mart accountant in Modesto. 

Callen made no bones about the reason behind her decision to leave.

“I think over the years I’ve had to assume a lot more responsibility than what the role of auditor-controller is supposed to be handling,” she told the publication. “I’m just burnt out.”

She said she would have considered staying if her compensation reflected that work.

“She didn’t let any department get away with anything, but at the same time, if there was a creative way to help pay for something, she would help them find it,” Supervisor Merita Callaway said of Callen. “Her loyalty was definitely to the taxpayers and the accounting system of the State of California. She educated us on it, and she was very good at explaining why something had to be the way it was. She also understood the goals of departments and she always walked a fine line between what we legally had to do, and tried to help us find a way to provide a service. I’m going to miss working with her.”

Callen’s term runs through 2022, so someone will need to step into the role. She has a suggestion for her replacement: Deputy Auditor-Controller Kathy Gomes.

Callen’s last day is Sept. 1.


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