Appointment of County Personnel Director


Date:                June 17, 2008

Release:            Immediately

Contact:           Chris Hirsch



Susan Mauriello, County Administrative Officer, announced today the appointment of Michael McDougall to the position of Personnel Director for the County of Santa Cruz effective July 14, 2008.  Mr. McDougall was selected from an extensive list of qualified candidates.


Mr. McDougall states: “I look forward to my new position and the opportunity to work with the team of competent professionals in the County’s Personnel Department.  I know that these are difficult times in local government and am confident through our combined experiences, we can address the challenges before us creatively and effectively.”


Mr. McDougall’s educational and career experiences are well suited to his new position.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors, from St. Mary’s College of California.  Among other achievements, Mr. McDougall has earned his Labor Academy I/II Certificate from the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association and holds an advanced certification in Criminal Justice Administration and Emergency Management from the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI).


Mr. McDougall is an exceptional manager and experienced administrator. He began work in Santa Cruz County in 1992 at the Santa Cruz Consolidated Emergency Communications Center (SCCECC) where he serves as the Executive Officer for the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) which employs 58 staff on a 24 hours a day, 7 day a week basis.  In this capacity, Mr. McDougall has been responsible for directing the planning, equipping, financing, acquisition, construction, maintenance, staffing and operation of a consolidated multi-functional, multi-jurisdictional and fully automated public safety

9-1-1 Communications Center which services ten fire agencies, three municipal law enforcement agencies, the County Sheriff’s Office, the county-wide and integrated Emergency Medical Response (EMS) program and other related city and county agencies.  During Mr. McDougall’s tenure, the SCCECC was awarded and maintains accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The SCCECC is the only such agency to do so in California and only one of a few in the nation.


Prior to his work at the SCCECC, Mr. McDougall worked for the County of San Mateo as the Public Safety Communication Director where he was extensively involved in labor/management negotiations, meet and confer, and mediation/arbitration.  During his career, he has also provided technical and management consulting services to a number of jurisdictions.