During Tuesday’s meeting, the Merced County Board of Supervisors will consider appointing a replacement for County Executive Officer (CEO) James L. Brown, who is retiring in early 2022 after nearly 32 years of dedicated service to the employees and community of Merced County.
Raul Lomeli Mendez, who currently serves as the Assistant County Executive Officer for Stanislaus County, will be considered by the Board to serve as Merced County’s next CEO. Mr. Mendez was the top candidate following an extensive recruitment process.
As part of Tuesday’s Board Agenda Item, the Board will consider appointing Mr. Mendez as CEO effective Feb. 28, 2022. Mr. Mendez would begin on Jan. 10, 2022 and will work with Mr. Brown until his retirement on Feb. 27, 2022. This transitionary period will enable a more seamless transfer of knowledge and duties while also providing continuity of County services to the community.
Mr. Mendez’ career spans several sectors of public service. He began his career in 1996 with the City of San Jose in the City Manager’s Office, and eventually the Department of Housing. In 2001, he was hired by Stanislaus County as a Senior Management Consultant with the CEO’s Office. In 2013, he left Stanislaus County after accepting the position of City Manager in the City of Hughson, where he focused on maintaining a strong fiscal position for the City, improving water and road infrastructure, and advancing collaborative relationships with key community and governmental partners. He returned to Stanislaus County as an Assistant County Executive Officer in 2020.
Mr. Mendez has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Stanislaus State as well as a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
“Appointing a County Executive Officer is one of the most important decisions this Board can make,” said Chairman Daron McDaniel of the Merced County Board of Supervisors. “We had several qualified applicants, so the choice was not an easy one. We have the utmost confidence in Mr. Mendez’ abilities to continue leading Merced County in a positive direction. The Board would also like to express its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to our current CEO, James L. Brown, who positioned Merced County for success now and well into the future. We wish him well in retirement.”
If approved by the Board, Mr. Mendez would become Merced County’s seventh CEO, replacing James L. Brown, who has served as CEO since December of 2011.