The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors appointed Manuel Lopez as interim chief administration officer in a special meeting Dec. 21.

Supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution to appoint Lopez, effective Dec. 26, and to authorize the board chair to sign the employment agreement.

“Mr. Lopez retired from San Joaquin County where he served in various positions for 28 years and county administrator for the last 12,” the resolution states. “Mr. Lopez served as the interim CAO for Calaveras County from January to April of 2017 after the retirement of CAO Shirley Ryan.”

CAO Timothy Lutz’s last day will be Jan. 5, according to the resolution.

Lopez will fill the position for four months as County Human Resources seeks a permanent CAO, and will save the county $12,500 as compared to the current CAO’s income, since his employment will be temporary and will not include benefits.

“Hopefully we’ll find a CAO even faster than the four months estimated,” Human Resources Director Judy Hawkins said at the meeting.

Supervisors also adopted a resolution to reappoint Megan Stedtfeld as county counsel for another four-year term effective Dec. 28.

At the end of the meeting, outgoing CAO Timothy Lutz announced that Chief Building Official Ed Short has resigned.

In a resignation letter dated Dec. 19, Short wrote that he is leaving the county to “pursue a new opportunity in (his) career.”

“I want you all to know that I am leaving here with truly mixed feelings: I will miss working with such great people who really care what they do, and am sad to be leaving such a great team of folks who have become wonderful friends and colleagues,” the letter to county staff reads. “My time as a member of the Calaveras County team was the best period of my career so far. I learned a great deal and worked with many people with whom I am sure I will remain in contact. The new opportunity I am pursuing is much closer to home and will give me more time with family; I can only hope it will give me such rewarding experiences and supportive friends, also.”

Short has been with the county since Jun. 5, 2017. His last day will be Jan. 2.

County Human Resources will be working on an item to consider an interim appointment for the position for the next regular board meeting on Jan. 8.



Davis recently graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies. He spends his free time playing guitar and hiking with his dog, Penny.

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