Orange County CEO Calls It Quits

Orange County’s chief executive tendered his resignation last Monday in a surprise move. Frank Kim will retire in 2024 after 29 years with the county and eight years as CEO.

Kim renewed his contract with the county just last year. At the time, he said he intended to be in the role for years, saying there was "much left to do.”

Kim explained that he had a change of heart after discussions with his wife. He also admitted the job has been stressful. Kim was inundated with dilemmas over housing, homelessness, COVID-19, the Tustin hangar fire, and more.

In an interview with Voice of OC, Kim pointed to some of his proudest accomplishments, including the animal shelter the county opened in Tustin in 2018. Kim also cited revitalization projects at the civic center and Dana Point Harbor.

A number of officials — from supervisors Doug Chafee to Vicente Sarmiento and Katrina Foley — praised Kim’s work and wished him well in the next chapter of his life.

Kim will step down no later than July of next year. 

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