The County Administrative Officer (CAO) is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors. The CAO serves the legislative function of the Board by providing research, information and recommendations, and serves all of the executive functions of the Board by administering and supervising all County departments in matters that are the responsibility of the Board.

Additional duties include: acting as an agent and representative of the Board, enforcing Board policy, recommending the annual budget and long-term capital improvements plan, exercising continuous budgetary control, and recommending more effective and efficient operating procedures and administrative reorganizations.

The Administrative Office is also responsible for providing direction and supervision of the following functions: Purchasing, Risk Management, Employee Benefits, Central Garage and Central Services.

Purchasing

This Department is responsible for reviewing and evaluating purchasing requests; issuing competitive bids; requests for proposals and quotations; the purchasing of services, supplies and equipment for the County. Other duties include the issuance of Purchasing Agent Agreement which contract for personal services under $10,000 in total value; oversight of telephone orders and changes for County departments; oversees the transferring of items among departments for maximum utilization; disposes of obsolete and surplus items. The Department also performs the duties of posting and distributing County mail as well as other general services requiring multiple departmental coordination.

Risk Management

This Division is responsible for the determination and acquisition of appropriate insurance coverage; determining the appropriate insurance requirements for contracts with the County; administers the County's self-insured workers' compensation and liability programs; investigates claims for damage and makes recommendations on the acceptance of these claims; and coordinates the County Safety Program required by CalOSHA and good work practices.

Employee Benefits

This Division researches and recommends benefit programs for consideration by the Board of Supervisors. The Division provides the administration and enrollment requirement for the selected programs; which includes health, dental, vision, deferred compensation, flexible benefits, life insurance and long term disability. The Division also facilities the development of voluntary benefit programs.

Central Garage

The Central Garage Department provides a preventive maintenance program and repair facility to better utilize the vehicles the County operates. Central Garage controls, maintains, and services all County vehicles, except for Road and Fire Department vehicles.

Budgets

Madera County Budgets available for online review.


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