NOVEMBER 2001 NEWS RELEASES

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2001, #026-01/02

BOARD SELECTS INTERIM COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
MANUEL LOPEZ AS COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR

(Stockton, CA) - On Tuesday, November 20, the Board of Supervisors approved a contract that finalized their selection of a new San Joaquin County administrator. With the approval of the personnel contract, the Board appointed Interim County Administrator Manuel Lopez to the position of county administrator on a permanent basis. Lopez was appointed as interim county administrator on July 17, 2001, to replace David Baker, who left the county to pursue a doctoral in public administration at Arizona State University. Lopez began the position of interim county administrator on August 4.

In August, when Lopez was recruited by Baker to apply for the position, he had no interest in applying for the position on a permanent basis. Lopez said, "I've been an engineer for 28 years. I've always considered engineering as a great opportunity to have a positive impact in a community. So when I was asked to serve as the County Administrator, on an interim basis, I looked forward to returning to my role as the Public Works director. However, I soon learned that everyone who faithfully works in County Government has an important mission. Being the Interim County Administrator gave me a chance to participate in many issues with all the departments. Ultimately, I realized that I could be a part of finding appropriate resolution to all of these challenges and consequently decided to compete for the position. Mom told me 'Never say never.' She was right; I'm pleased I did apply for the position and very grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve my community in a different role but with the same desireto serve as well as I can. I look forward to it."

Prior to serving as acting county administrator, Lopez was the director of Public Works. Appointed to the position in March 2000, he directed a department of 374 employees and managed an annual budget of $73 million. Prior to being appointed director of Public Works, he served as deputy director of development services for Public Works from 1985 to 2000 and had responsibility for directing countywide development-related infrastructure. He managed five operating county divisions that included surveying and mapping, water supply, wastewater treatment, drainage systems, real property acquisition and disposition, permitting and infrastructure information, and environmental reporting. He began his career with San Joaquin County in 1985.

Before joining the county, Lopez was a deputy city engineer for the City of Fresno. He managed a staff of 30 planners, engineers and technical staff responsible for planning, design, construction and maintenance of the city's infrastructure development. He also served as the interim city engineer for the City of Lathrop during its first year of incorporation, from 1990 to 1991, overseeing all maintenance services to the city utilizing county forces. He was an assistant engineer for the Fresno Redevelopment Agency from 1974 to 1975 and a civil engineer with the Tulare County Department of Public Works from 1973 to 1974.


Lopez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from CSU, Fresno, and also has completed coursework in their Public Administration Program. He is a registered California Professional Engineer and is actively involved in professional engineering organizations, his local church and community service groups.


Lopez's annual salary will be $135,984. He is 56 years old. His appointment is November 27, 2001. The County Administrator's Office has 16 staff positions and the county has about 6,000 employees overall.


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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2001, #025-01/02

BOARD SELECTS INTERIM HEALTH CARE SERVICES
DIRECTOR ROGER SPEED TO PERMANENT POSITION

(Stockton, CA) -On November 20, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved the employee contract to appoint Roger Speed as the permanent director for Health Care Services. Speed was appointed as interim director in April, 2001, when then director Michael Smith stepped down. Speed was the chief deputy director for Mental Health Services prior to his appointment as interim director.

Speed said, "I consider it an honor to be selected. As Mental Health director I worked with a special group of people. I will always remember those days. Now I have an opportunity to work with larger populations. We need to work to increase the access to health care services for all people in our county. Also, with today's concern about community health issues, there will be many opportunities to increase public awareness. Exciting challenges lie ahead."

In his new position, Speed's responsibilities will include oversight for the entire Health Care Services Agency, including the divisions of San Joaquin General Hospital, Public Health Services, Mental Health Services, Office of Substance Abuse, and Emergency Medical Services. The Health Care Services annual budget is in excess of $225,000,000. Speed will also serve as the Chair of the Health Plan of San Joaquin, a local initiative HMO that serves the Medi-Cal population. Speed's annual salary will be $122,148. His appointment is effective November 27, 2001. He is 57 years old. Health Care Services has about 2,600 employees.

A native of New York State, Speed moved to Stockton in 1969 after serving three years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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PUBLIC WORKS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2001, #024-01/02
Contact: Sukh S. Chahal
Senior Civil Engineer
Public Works Dept.
(209) 468-3035

-SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY RAILROAD CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS-
ARTHUR ROAD, BRENNAN AVENUE, AND CARROLTON ROAD,
NEAR THE TOWN OF ESCALON WILL BE CLOSED

(Stockton, CA) -Arthur Road, Brennan Avenue, and Carrolton Road at the Santa Fe Railroad Company crossings, near the town of Escalon, will be closed on Sunday, November 4, 2001, at 8:00 A.M. through Friday, November 9, 2001, or until work is completed, which is anticipated to be
around 8:00 A.M.

All traffic will be detoured around these road closures with proper signs and flagmen.

This work is being accomplished through a cooperative effort between San Joaquin County and the
Santa Fe Railroad Company (AT&SFRR).

The purpose for the road closures is to replace the road surface at the railroad tracks. The asphalt concrete surface portion will be replaced with concrete panels that are more smooth and durable.

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