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Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

News and Announcements


Tuesday, June 09, 2020/Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County’s Chief Administrative Officer, Shari McCracken, announced she will retire from Butte County on October 1, 2020, after nearly 16 years of service to the County and its residents. McCracken joined Butte County in 2005 as a Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. McCracken was appointed interim Chief Administrative Officer in November of 2017 after the retirement of former Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Hahn. In April of 2018, Shari become the County’s permanent Chief Administrative Officer. During her tenure, McCracken has managed a variety of countywide projects that significantly enhanced the organization, collaborated with local partners to address regional challenges, and has led the County through numerous disasters, including the Camp Fire and the COVID-19 pandemic. McCracken’s leadership has been instrumental in building collaborative relationships with our legislative representatives and local jurisdictions while strongly advocating for the County and its residents. 

"Shari really stepped up when she took on the position of Chief Administrative Officer, and she’s faced significant challenges the last few years” said Steve Lambert, Board of Supervisors Chairman. “While Shari was set to retire, she agreed to stay on to provide leadership the organization greatly needed. She has given a lot to this community, and has done so happily. She will be missed and we wish her nothing but the best in her retirement.” 

“I have been so fortunate to work for Butte County, and appreciate the support of the Board over the years. The County has an amazing team of leaders in its Department Heads, and passionate and loyal staff that support them, so I leave knowing the County is in good hands as I head off to enjoy family and travel,” said McCracken. 

An expansive recruitment to find McCracken’s replacement started on June 2, with an anticipated appointment announced sometime in August.

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