Alison Lehman expected to be appointed the next Rood Center CEO

That’s what this blog is predicting — more than a month in advance, no less.

And here’s what prompted the prediction: The Union is reporting this week: “It’s possible Nevada County supervisors will make a decision next month on who will succeed CEO Rick Haffey. Supervisors are scheduled to hold a closed-door session at their May 8 meeting to discuss the position, which Haffey will leave Sept. 7. Haffey in a previous closed meeting made a recommendation on who should take his place, saying that person has the talent, ability and education for the job. He also called the person the most qualified. Haffey and Supervisor Ed Scofield, chairman of the board, declined to name the person. ‘I believe that the transition will be a smooth one,’ Haffey said, basing his statement on the supervisors’ response to his recommendation.”

Here’s Alison’s background from LinkedIn: “Alison Lehman currently serves as the Assistant County Executive Officer for Nevada County. Under the direction of the County Executive Officer, she is accountable for providing oversight of general administrative activities for the County.

“She previously served as the Director of Social Services for Nevada County for seven years where she was responsible for the delivery of public assistance, workforce development, veterans, children and adult welfare programs.

“Alison has been with Nevada County since 2001 and has held several leadership positions including; Interim Public Health Director, Interim Human Resource Director, as well as, Program Manager for the Health and Human Services Agency Truckee Satellite Office. She has a commitment to administering strong programs that enhance the quality of life for families and continues to focus on meeting the challenges of service delivery in rural communities.

“Prior to joining Nevada County, she was the Executive Director of a children’s non-profit in Yolo County, where she administered programs that provided advocacy services for youth in the Juvenile Justice System. She also served as staff to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Child Development.

“With a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, Alison has more than twenty years of experience in government and community non-profit settings.”

In addition, Alison received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge (2015-2017) — a well-regarded program for public administrators.

This appointment would be a good call — a “no brainer,” in fact.

Now that it’s settled more than a month in advance, we can get on to more important issues: Go Cal Bears!

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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