Don Ashton began as the Chief Administrative Officer in May 2016. In 1993, Don began his career working in local government in Los Angeles County. For 17 years in Los Angeles, he worked in a variety of leadership positions in areas such as finance/budget, human resources, internal audits and compliance, and serving as a Deputy Executive Officer overseeing all administrative and finance responsibilities for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
In 2011, Don relocated to El Dorado County to marry his wife Anne, who has been a resident of El Dorado County for over 18 years. Don began his career in El Dorado County serving as the Sheriff’s Chief Fiscal Officer, as a Principal Analyst in the Chief Administrative Office, and most recently as the Director of the Health and Human Services Agency.
He enjoys working in County government because it makes a difference in the lives of residents on a daily basis by providing a broad range of services that impact the health, safety and well-being of residents.
“As El Dorado County’s CAO, my top priority is providing leadership and using my experience to help the County take advantage of a committed Board, committed workforce and engaged community to become a high performing organization that is focused on long range planning and continuous quality improvement through the implementation of the County’s Strategic Plan. I will work to keep costs and revenue in balance, complete projects that have been deferred because of budget constraints, and continue promoting an accountable, collaborative County and more innovative organization that provides high-quality services and has a clear vision of the future.”