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Wade Horton named new SLO County administrative officer

Current county public works director promoted

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - San Luis Obispo County has named a new County Administrative Officer.

After a nationwide search, the Board of Supervisors didn't have to look very far to find the new county chief.

Today, Wade Horton, who currently serves as County Public Works Director, was approved by the board to take over the top spot.

“I’m looking forward to serving with an exceptional leadership team focused on service and improving quality of life for our fellow County residents,” Horton said in a County press release.

The vote by the board was unanimous 5-0.

“Wade is the clear choice to lead us into the future,” said John Peschong, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors in a County press release. “Even with our Board’s diversity, Mr. Horton’s ability to obtain a 5-0 vote clearly demonstrates the confidence the Board has in his leadership.”

The Cal Poly graduate has led the public works department since 2014.

According to the County, notable projects he supervised included management of the County’s groundwater basins, integrated 80 new team members and associated responsibilities following dissolution of the General Services Department, and completed the Los Osos Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Now, Horton will oversee an annual county budget of $590 million and a staff of 2,800 employees.

The position directs public service, emergency preparation, road maintenance, road protection, health and human services and more.

Horton, a Navy veteran and Civil Engineering Corps reserve officer, has spent 19 years in the public and private sector.  He also previously served as Deputy Director of Utilities/Water for the City of San Luis Obispo. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly and is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California.

He succeeds Dan Buckshi, who left the position earlier this year to become city manager of Walnut Creek.

Horton takes over as new County Administrative Officer on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
 


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