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County Administrator

County Administrator

Welcome to the County Administrator’s Office.

There is a tremendous amount of positive change happening in our County and by our employees. We are proud of the direction Sutter County is headed. We are committed to achieve the Board of Supervisor's goals in a manner that is ethical, respectable, and professional. Here at Sutter County we put the public's interest first and are building a culture to enhance the quality of life for our residents.

Below, you can read about the people who serve you in the County Administrator's office.

CAO Staff


Scott Mitnick - County Administrator

Scott Mitnick has served as Sutter County Administrator since January 2017. In this role, he leads an organization of over 1,000 employees spread across 20 departments with a budget of over $300 million, providing an array of municipal services to nearly 100,000 residents encompassing over 600 square miles.

Prior to this position, Scott served three other local governments. From 2005 to 2016, he served as Thousand Oaks City Manager. In this role, Scott managed over 600 employees across ten departments and a budget of over $200 million. Thousand Oaks is located in Ventura County with a population of over 132,000. Prior to this, he served Thousand Oaks as Deputy City Manager and Assistant City Manager from 2000 to 2005.

Other previous positions held include: Yuba City Administrative Services Director (1996-1999), various positions (including Financial Analyst, Planning Analyst, Assistant to the City Manager, and Budget Officer) with the City of Burbank (1989 – 1996), and Budget Analyst with City of Brea (1986-1987).

Scott has been active in a variety of professional associations throughout his career, along with appearing as a guest lecturer to university classes in China, England (Bristol University), New York (Syracuse University), UCLA, USC, CSUN, CSUF, and CLU. He obtained his Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Public Finance concentration). He spent his junior year studying Political Philosophy at Bristol University in England. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton.

Steve Smith - Assistant County Administrator

Steve Smith Serves as Assistant County Administrator and has been in this position since February 2016. As Assistant County Administrator he serves as the organizations #2 and functions as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). He provides direct oversight to the County’s 20 departments. Steve Smith started with Sutter County in July 2009 as Deputy County Administrative Officer. Over Steve’s nearly seven years as Deputy CAO, he served as CAO liaison to every county department at one time or another with initial responsibility for the health and human services and public safety functions. During this time, Steve coordinated Sutter County’s implementation of 2011 Public Safety Realignment for the CAO’s Office. In 2016, Steve was promoted to the Assistant County Administrator position. As Assistant County Administrator, Steve oversees the day-to-day operations of the County, including production of the annual budget, in addition to coordinating with County departments to implement policy direction approved by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.

Prior to joining Sutter County, Steve spent seven years working for Contra Costa County, first as Assistant Director of Nutritional Services for the Health Services Department at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and later, after earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, as Administrative Services Officer in the Building Inspection/Conservation and Development Department. In these roles, Steve managed a staff of 50 direct reports and department budgets in excess of $20 million. Steve has over 20 years management and administrative experience in the private and public sectors.

Matt Michaelis - Deputy County Administrator

As Deputy County Administrative Officer, Matt serves as the organization's #3 administrator and fills a variety of roles. Matt’s main role is serving as the County’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and overseeing the budget. Matt grew up in the industry; his father, Blaine, served as City Manager of King City, California for 13 years and San Dimas, California for 18 years. Matt received Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Matt began his career as a Budget Analyst for the City of Cape Coral, Florida. At the time, the City of Cape Coral was the fifth fastest growing city in the nation. Matt then joined the CAO's staff of Jackson County, Oregon, as a Budget Analyst. In 2012, Matt was appointed the Administrative Services Manager for the City of Marysville, CA. Prior to joining Sutter County, Matt was the Finance Director for the City of Gridley, CA for 3 ½ years. Matt and his family live in Yuba City.

Annie Liu - Principal Analyst

Annie Liu joined the Sutter County Administrative Office team in November 2017. As a Principal Analyst, Annie performs a variety of difficult and complex professional, administrative and analytical functions. Annie acts as the County Administrative Office liaison with representatives of various County departments, as well as assisting in coordination of the County budget process.

Annie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She began serving local governments in January 2008 with Butte County, where she held various positions including Senior Accountant, Internal Auditor and Governmental Accounting Manager in different departments for nearly ten years. Prior to working for Butte County, Annie also held positions as office manager, accounting manager and operations manager, working in various private businesses in the manufacturing and service industries. Annie received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting degree from California State University, Chico.

Sukh Purewal - Administrative Analyst

As an Administrative Analyst, Sukh assists the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator's Office with a wide variety of tasks. Sukh has been with Sutter County for more than two years, starting as an Appraiser in the Assessor's Office before transitioning to his current role in the summer of 2017. Before starting with Sutter County, Sukh worked for Sacramento County as an Appraiser Intern for two years while attending college. Sukh has over 10 years' experience in customer service as well. Sukh graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Master's degree with a concentration in Public Administration at Golden Gate University. Having been a lifelong resident of Sutter County, Sukh is proud to give back to the community that has given him so much. Sukh lives in Yuba City and enjoys spending time with his family, including his mother, father, brother, and sister.

Chuck Smith - Public Information Officer/Legislative Analyst

The Public Information Officer is responsible for assisting the Board of Supervisors, CAO, and all 20 departments in communicating effectively with the public. The PIO responds to requests from the media, and helps media representatives understand County issues and connect with the right subject matter expert for their publication needs. The PIO is responsible for the County's social media presence, and is a member of the management team when the Emergency Operations Center is open. The Legislative Analyst is responsible for monitoring legislation and rulemaking at the state and federal levels, as they impact County functions, and for developing a broad legislative platform that allows the County to move quickly when advocating for, and opposing, legislation and proposed new rules.

Yuba-Sutter native and lifelong resident Chuck Smith has been the County's PIO since February of 2008. He spent more than a decade covering local government as a reporter for the Appeal-Democrat newspaper. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in history. He has extensive training in emergency communications and has worked mutual aid in Emergency Operations Centers for fatal wild fires in Lake and Butte counties, in addition to functioning as the lead PIO in the Sutter County EOC during the February 2017 evacuation. In 2009, for purposes of County disaster awareness outreach and the need for flood insurance, he authored and produced the 80-minute documentary "The 1955 Sutter County Flood," (YouTube: detailing the Christmas Eve disaster which resulted in 37 deaths and inundation of 90 percent of Yuba City. The documentary has been used as a training tool for new employees at the Department of Water Resources' Division of Flood Management. In February of 2018, Chuck was invited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be a presenter at a technical seminar at the FEMA's National Emergency Management Academy entitled: "Maintaining Public Trust Through Effective Emergency Management."


Emergency Management


Under the direction of the CAO, the Office of Emergency Management is responsible for planning, response and recovery activities associated with natural and man-made emergencies and disasters throughout the County.

County Administrator's Report


Follow the blog of County Administrative Officer Scott Mitnick to learn more about the many aspects of County government, and the County in general. He’ll go behind the headlines to highlight the good works of County employees and the achievements of individuals and organizations in our community.

Office Hours


Contact Information

County Administrator:
Scott Mitnick
1160 Civic Center Blvd., Suite A
Yuba City, CA  95993
Phone Number:
(530) 822-7100
Fax Number:
(530) 822-7103