Santa Clara County Executive, declared his retirement on Thursday, ending one year in public service. Smith was appointed in the year 2000 and has led the county through a variety of challenges including recuperating from financial difficulties, increasing the role of the county in providing services for increased population, and defending hospitals facing crisis as a result of the COVID-pandemic. In a statement, Santa Clara County said the actions Smith was able to accomplish in just a few many years “will help the residents of the county and workers for many years to come.
“I am very confident about the team of county employees we’ve created and I’m extremely satisfied with our team,” Smith said in the statement. “It is a privilege to be a part of the community along with our county employees and county employees, who help to hold the fabric of our society.” Smith was the county executive who managed the county’s massive growth in economic and county service demand. Smith was appointed the county’s executive in 2005 and was given the county’s budget at approximately $. billion. Then it’s $1 billion.
Smith was the manager in charge for county employees and services departments. Smith transformed the culture of office to become goal-driven and cross-boundary workplaces. This approach “translated into the county being an international leader in employee learning and innovative solutions and services delivery,” it said. Ken Yeager, a former county supervisor, was awed by Smith’s efforts in improving his county’s leadership and to make it more representative of the larger community through hiring diverse heads in the department and top officials.
Santa Clara County saw significant improvements in the social sphere under Smith’s direction. Santa Clara County was the first to have an LGBTQ-focused bureau. It was in April that the Children’s Advocacy Center marked its first year of operation as an example of a national nonprofit organization providing assistance to young abuse victims. During the COVID- pandemic, Smith used his special experience to oversee the county. He received his medical diploma from the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine and having spent time as a chief medical director for Contra Costa County Health Services.
I am extremely grateful to Doctor. Smith for his leadership through this difficult period. His knowledge of health care and public service is vital. Susan Ellenberg, Supervisor said that Dr. Smith’s enthusiasm for public service and his incredible job he’s done for the community is apparent. It is a sentiment I could not agree more. Even with the challenges that come from the virus, Dr. Smith has been an exemplary leader.
Smith has led the nation in the implementation of his country’s implementation of the American Care Act, increasing the amount of money that is invested in housing for very low income as well as ending “redevelopment agencies” which have been taking funding from schools and other social safety nets. Smith was shocked when he learned that Santa Clara County provided the commission at a high cost for an historical book about the government of the spouse of a former South Bay politician in the month of June.
We’re grateful to the Dr. Smith for being there at such a time of need. Your expertise and knowledge in the field of healthcare administration are invaluable. Susan Ellenberg, Supervisor said that Dr. Smith’s involvement in the community was a defining calling. I could not agree more. Even though the pandemic posed many challenges but the Dr. Smith is an outstanding director.