Los Angeles County officials Wednesday completed a major reorganization in the top tier of management, moving some upper officials out of the county's chief executive office and bringing others into newly created positions.
County leadership has been in flux over the last two months as two new members joined the Board of Supervisors following November's election and former Chief Exceutive Officer William T Fujioka retired.
Fujioka was replaced briefly by his former second-in-command, Brence Culp, as interim chief executive. But the board removed her and placed Sachi Hamai, who had been executive officer to the board and the clerk responsible for meeting agendas and administrative tasks, in the interim role.
"While the CEO is moving structurally to meet some of the county's major emerging needs through key personnel changes, the deputy CEOs have unique experience, leadership and organizational understandings of the county which will continue to be valuable helping departments respond to new and ongoing challenges," he said in an emailed statement.
Two of the supervisors, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Michael D. Antonovich, have expressed a desire to scale back the authority of the chief executive position, giving board members more direct control over county departments.