History of the Office

A History of the County Executive Officer Position

There have been five County Executive Officers since 1985. The position was first created in 1985 as the County Administrator and later in 2001 the title was changed to County Executive Officer. Here is a brief summary about the five individuals who have held this office:

Gene Albaugh

Gene was Nevada County's first County Executive Officer. Appointed in February of 1985, he served until his retirement in May of 1992. Back then he was called the County Administrator and he previously served as the County's Director of Personnel and Administration. He retired as Nevada City's City Manager.

Doug Latimer

Doug Served as County Administrator from 1992 until 1995. He had previously served as Nevada County Chief Probation Officer and as Assistant County Executive Officer. He went on to be a long serving County Administrator in Shasta County. He retired from that position in 2007.

David Brennan

David first served as Nevada County's Assistant County Executive Officer. He became County Administrator in 1995 serving until 1999. He was appointed City Manager of Sebastapol that year. He retired from that position in 2009. He was appointed as the City Manager of Nevada City in 2011 and has since retired.

Ted Gaebler

Ted, a long time City Manager and author, was appointed in January 2000. He was the first to hold the title of County Executive Officer. He served until December 2002. In 2003, he was appointed the first City Manager of Rancho Cordova, one of California's newest cities. He retired as City Manager of Rancho Cordova in 2014.

Rick Haffey

Rick was appointed County Executive Officer (CEO) in January 2003 after more than two years as Assistant CEO. Rick brings over 35 years of public sector experience to Nevada County government, including perspectives from positions as an appointed manager, an elected official, and manager of a non-profit community partner. He was the City Manager for the City of Belmont, as well as Interim Police Chief and Finance Director. He also served for 12 years as an elected official including being twice the Mayor of the City of South San Francisco and as an elected school board member. Rick was elected President of the California Association of County Executives in 2014.