Responsibilities of the County Administrator

Matthew H. Hymel, County Administrator

The role of the office of county administrator is set forth in the Administrator's Ordinance Chapter 2.08, Marin County Code. Section 2.08.040 states the county administrator shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:

  • Generally advise, assist, act as agent for, and be responsible to the board of supervisors for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the county, and enforce ordinances, orders or regulations established by the board.
  • Administer, supervise, direct and control the administration of all county offices, departments and institutions, elective or appointive, in such matters that are the concern and responsibility of the board of supervisors.
  • Be responsible for the coordination of the work of all county offices, departments and institutions, elective or appointive, and shall resolve all interdepartmental problems and disputes.
  • Make such studies and investigations as the administrator believes necessary or desirable and make any study or investigation the board requests. All county officers and departments shall assist in the preparation of such studies as directed by the administrator.
  • Make recommendations to the board of supervisors that the administrator believes will result in greater efficiency and/or economy in the administration of county affairs and may require reports from any officer, department head or institutional head for this purpose.
  • Maintain and direct all central administrative services, including insurance, supervise preparation of the agenda, the county's legislative advocacy program and control and assignment of extra help.
  • Before the board of supervisors makes any administrative appointment to a county office, department or institution, the county administrator shall recommend one or more qualified persons for the position. The administrator may recommend that the board suspend or remove any person holding an administrative position in cases where the board has the power to appoint and remove. Whenever the administrator makes such a recommendation, the person involved will have the right to be heard by the board at a public meeting.
  • Represent the county in its intergovernmental relationships.
  • Recommend a long-term plan of capital improvements with accompanying financial plans.
  • Recommend an annual county budget and exercise continuous budgetary control after the adoption of the budget. All departmental budgets shall be reviewed by the county administrator prior to submission to the board of supervisors. All requests for appropriations and transfers shall be reviewed by the county administrator and none shall be approved or disapproved by the board of supervisors until the administrator makes a recommendation to the board. The administrator may at any time recommend to the board of supervisors such budgetary and other expenditure controls that the administrator believes to be necessary and desirable.
  • Attend all meetings of the board of supervisors and may participate in the discussion of any matter, but the administrator shall have no vote.
  • In conjunction with the county personnel commission, direct the establishment and enforcement of personnel policies and practices including personnel classification and pay plan. The administrator shall review all requests for positions and classifications or reclassifications and none shall be approved or disapproved by the board of supervisors until the administrator has made a recommendation thereon.
  • Make and enforce such rules and regulations as the administrator deems necessary to effectuate his/her duties hereunder.
  • Perform such other services and duties as the board supervisors may direct and shall have the duty of keeping the board of supervisors fully advised of any and all matters which may be pertinent to the discharge of their responsibilities.
  • Act as the clerk of the board of supervisors.
  • Act as a deputy purchasing agent solely for the purpose of entering into and executing contracts for professional services. (Ord. 3331 § 1, 2001: Ord. 3196 § 2, 1995: Ord. 1398 § 4, 1964: Ord. 1182 (part), 1962: Ord. 788 § 4, 1962).