County Administrative Office


Department head: Carlos J. Palacios, County Administrative Officer

701 Ocean St, Room 520, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-2100

The County Administrative Office is responsible for the county’s budget, legislative analysis, contract and grant administration, intergovernmental relations, non-elected department heads, and all departmental functions. The county administrative officer is responsible for management, review, and recommendations related to the Board of Supervisors’ weekly meeting agendas.

The office also administers activities related to tourism promotion and the Homeless Action Partnership Strategic Plan, as well as economic development and cannabis licensing activities.

The county administrative officer is the ex-officio clerk of the board, director of Emergency Services, executive director of the Public Finance Authority, executive director of the Santa Cruz County Redevelopment Successor Agency, and a member of the Santa Cruz Regional 911 Joint Powers Authority Board and the Animal Services Authority Board of Directors.

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