Jim Arkens, who has an extensive administration and management background in both the public and private sectors, has been appointed by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors as the new County Administrative Officer.
Supervisors approved the hiring of Mr. Arkens on January 8. Mr. Arkens’ first day on the job in Sutter County was February 4.
Supervisors conducted an extensive recruitment and interview process following the retirement of former CAO Stephanie J. Larsen in mid-2012. Assistant CAO Shawne Corley served as the interim CAO during the hiring process.
“Jim has great qualifications, a solid understanding of the issues facing rural counties, and good organization skills,” said Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Whiteaker. “The board feels he is a good fit for Sutter County and we look forward to working with him.”
Mr. Arkens was hired as the Human Resources Director of Mono County in May of 2010. At the time of his appointment as CAO in June 2011, he maintained the title and responsibilities of Human Resources Director.
Mr. Arkens has more than 30 years of experience in administrative positions in both the public and private sector. He was the Human Resources Director for the Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico, and served as both the CAO and Human Resources Director for Shawano County, Wisconsin.
In a 21-year career with Scott Paper/Kimberly Clark, he worked as a Safety and Fire Protection Technician, and served six years as president of the union representing the company’s 1,250 employees.
He also worked for the Northwest Regional Planning Commission in Wisconsin, one of the first multi-county planning commissions in the nation, comprised of 10 counties, 230 local government agencies, and five tribal units of government. During his tenure there, he was subcontracted to Taylor County to manage their Human Resources, Maintenance, and Information Technology departments.
He served 24 years as a member of the Menominee, Mich., City Council, including six years as the Council President.
Sutter County is the lead agency for updating a multi-jurisdictional plan to mitigate damage from a variety of potential disasters, including floods, earthquakes, wildfires, dam failures, drought and severe weather. Partnering with the County in this plan update are the cities of Yuba City and Live Oak, in addition to other jurisdictions.
Local jurisdictions are required to have official Hazard Mitigation Plans to better position resources in advance of a disaster and to qualify for mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Sutter County Office of Emergency Management will be hosting two meetings to kick off the process to update the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan first adopted in 2008. Officials from Sutter County, Yuba City, Live Oak, state and local agencies, members of the public and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in the planning effort.
Separate meetings are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20 at the Sutter County Veteran’s Hall, 1425 Veteran’s Memorial Circle, Yuba City.
The main branch of the Sutter County Library in Yuba City will open one hour later than normal on Wednesday, February 6, due to work on the library’s water system.
The Sutter County Public works Department will be installing back-flow prevention devices in the library’s water line on Wednesday morning.
The library, which normally opens at 10 a.m., is scheduled to open at 11 a.m.