Yolo County Administrator to Head Rural County Representatives of California
Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock will leave the position he has held for just over a decade to lead the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) this spring. Blacklock was hired Feb 10. He will stay on as administrator of Yolo through March and assume his new role in April.
“It has been an honor to serve as the Yolo County Administrator for the last 11 years,” Blacklock said. “It is bittersweet as I have cherished my time as County Administrator and serving the community that my family and I call home even as I’m excited to join RCRC and work on behalf of Yolo and all of RCRC’s member counties. Yolo County has an incredible team and I will miss working with them as they continue to make a difference by enhancing the quality of life in our community.”
“We are excited that Patrick Blacklock will be leading RCRC into the next chapter of its long history,” stated Mono County Supervisor Stacy Corless, who chairs the RCRC. “Rural California faces many challenges in the coming months and years, and we need strong staff leadership to support RCRC’s role as the voice for rural counties. RCRC also has many opportunities to strengthen rural economies and improve quality of life, including endeavors into broadband deployment, affordable housing and sustainable forest practices. Patrick is well-suited to build and maintain an effective team to lead these efforts.”
Blacklock is credited with the creation and update of Yolo’s 2012-2025 strategic plans; helping to create the now widely used Yolo County Board of Supervisors Governance Manual in 2015; a capital improvement plan that included renovation of the county’s courthouse; and a significant improvement in the county’s credit rating.
Before Blacklock’s tenure in Yolo, he was assistant city manager of Elk Grove and the first county administrator for Amador. He has also served as dean of careers and technology at Cosumnes River College and as Vice President of Government Relations for the California Cattlemen’s Association.
The RCRC is a 37-member organization that advocates for rural issues at the state and federal level and highlights the unique challenges that face California's less populous counties. As its President and CEO, Blacklock will work to “improve the ability of small, rural California county governments to provide services by reducing the burden of state and federal mandates, and promoting a greater understanding among policy makers about the unique challenges that face California’s small population counties,” according to Interim Lead Public Information Officer Carolyn Jhajj.