Following a Closed Session Board meeting today, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to appoint Interim County Executive Ann Edwards as County Executive. The appointment is effective Sep. 14, 2021.
Edwards is the first woman appointed to the County Executive position.
“I am pleased to announce that the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Ann Edwards as County Executive,” said Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor Sue Frost. “Ann has proven to be an outstanding Interim County Executive and has provided stability to the organization, improved communication and built trust within and outside of the organization.”
Edwards’ accomplishments in her seven month tenure as Acting/Interim County Executive include increasing transparency in the budget process, organizing a process for a spending plan to provide assistance to both the County and the community with the American Rescue Plan Act funds and increasing engagement with local government and community-based organizations.
“I appreciate and thank the Board for the trust and support they have shown me,” said Edwards. “I commit to looking at the County organization in new ways, to pursue a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, increase public transparency and engagement and enrich the County’s organizational culture.”
Edwards’ current and upcoming initiatives include the formation of a Public Safety and Justice Agency, increased public engagement in and a new budget process for FY 2022-23 and implementing implicit bias training countywide.
About Ann Edwards:
Edwards has served as Acting County Executive since December 2020 and Interim County Executive since February 2021. Before that, she worked as Sacramento County’s Director of Human Assistance since 2014 and worked as the Director for Social Services for Solano County. Prior to Solano County, she worked for Sacramento County between 1998 and 2013, serving as Chief Deputy County Executive for Countywide Services, Director of Health and Human Services, Director of Mental Health Services, Division Manager for Adult Mental Health and Program Manager for Child and Family Mental Health.
Edwards holds a Master’s degree in Counselor Education and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento.