Rinde named interim county administrator

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Yolo County does not yet have a new county administrator, but as of this week, it has a new interim administrator.

Chad Rinde (Courtesy photo)

Chad Rinde, who has served as the county’s chief financial officer for nearly three years, has taken over as interim county administrator while the Board of Supervisors continues to look for a replacement for former CAO Patrick Blacklock, who departed seven months ago.

Rinde replaces Daniel Kim, who served in the interim role from March until this week.

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza of Davis said Tuesday that Kim had “asked to return to his prior position as the assistant CAO.

“We have appointed Mr. Chad Rinde to take over as interim CAO as we continue our hiring process,” Provenza said. “We’ve not yet made a decision; we hope to soon.

“But I do want to thank Mr. Kim, who brought us through several difficult times,” Provenza added. “There’s no more difficult job than chief administrative officer in our county, expect for perhaps being interim, so thanks to Dan Kim for his seven months of hard work.”

Rinde told the board that he is “humbled that you asked me to serve in this role” and that he looks forward to “keeping stability and momentum while the board continues their process to finding what the permanent outlook is and candidate for this position.”

Rinde started his tenure with Yolo County in 2015 as an accounting manager and served as assistant chief financial officer beginning in 2017 until he was promoted to the top job in 2018.

Assistant Chief Financial Officer Tom Haynes will now serve as interim chief financial officer.

Kim was appointed interim county administrator in March 2021 after serving as assistant county administrator for a month.

He was filling in for Blacklock, who after 11 years as Yolo County’s CAO, departed to take the position of president and CEO of Rural County Representatives of California.

Kim had previously spent six years as director the California Department of General Services.

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