Employment and Social Services

Our Mission:  "We administer employment and social services, preserving the dignity of children, families and adults."

Our Vision:  "Partnering for a safe, healthy, and self-reliant community."

Public Administrator

The Public Administrator is responsible for administering the estates of those who die in Butte County who: 1) are residents of Butte County; 2) are without relatives in California; 3) with or without a will; 4) when the family is unable/unwilling to act as administrator; or 5) when appointed by the Court. The duties of the Public Administrator include protecting a decedent’s property from waste, loss or theft, making appropriate arrangements for burial; investigating to discover all of the decedents assets; locating those entitled to inherit from the estate and paying the decedents bills.

The Public Administrator also handles the County’s burial/cremation services for indigent decedents who are residents of Butte County at the time of death.

To contact the Public Administrator's office, call 530.552.6165.

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24-Hour Emergency Numbers
Children's Services - North County
Children's Services - South County
Adult Services - Countywide

Customer Service Center

Family Urgent Response System

Butte 211
Dial 211 or Butte211.org

Full list of DESS contacts

 Locations & Hours

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803 (phone only)
Monday - Friday
7:30am to 4:30pm

Excludes Holidays

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
765 East Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

Butte Community Employment Center - Oroville

78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Butte County Community Services Center
7204 Skyway
Paradise, CA 95969

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm 

Excludes Holidays

Full list of DESS locations.


Public Assistance Overpayment
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Employment and Social Services

202 Mira Loma, Oroville, CA 95965

Shelby Boston
Director/Public Guardian/Public Administrator

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744 P Street, Sacramento CA 95814