Stanislaus County Appoints MHR Alumnus New CEO

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A Cal Poly Pomona College of Business Administration alumnus that began his Stanislaus County career in its probation department is now in charge of the county’s $1.18 billion annual budget along with 4,000-plus employees.

Jody Hayes (Management and Human Resources) will officially take over as chief executive officer of Stanislaus County on Aug. 12 following a national search for candidates to replace retiring CEO Stan Risen. The 4-0 vote in favor of the appointment took place in a closed-door meeting.

“Jody is well respected in our organization for his leadership and dedication in the County financial management arena,” Board of Supervisors chair Vito Chiesa says via media release. “He is both a strategic thinker and an effective leader who is focused on continuous improvement of our organization and the community.”

Hayes started his Stanislaus County career as the human resources manager of the probation department in 1999 before a 2004 promotion to the chief executive office as a management consultant. A 2006 move to deputy execute officer in charge of human resources then advancement to assistant executive officer in 2014 helped poise Hayes to take over the county’s top executive position.

“I’m really excited,” Hayes told the Modesto Bee. “The county has proven to be an excellent organization in serving the community. The opportunity to serve as the leader of the organization on behalf of the Board of Supervisors is a great honor.”