The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has chosen a Minnesota county manager as its new top executive.
David Twa (pictured on right) will take over the duties of County Administrative Officer when John Cullen retires in the fall. The supervisors have been interviewing top candidates for the past month.
Given California’s deep financial troubles facing public agencies, one might ask why any normal person would want this job? But then again, Contra Costa is pretty nice place to live … and it doesn’t have winter, not like a real winter in Minnesota.
Photo downloaded from the Ramsey County web site.
Read more for the full county press release issued a few minutes ago.
CONTRA COSTA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SELECTS MINNESOTA’S 2007 COUNTY MANAGER OF THE YEAR AS THE NEW ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – The Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of David Twa to be their new County Administrative Officer (CAO) to assume responsibilities as the manager of the county when current CAO John Cullen retires this fall. The members of the Board expressed satisfaction that they were able to hire a seasoned professional manager that is so well qualified to take over the reigns of the County. Federal Glover, the Chair of the Board of Supervisors stated, “David Twa comes with an impressive set of credentials. He has significant experience in a state where county government is very similar to California. His executive, financial, legal and service delivery experience prepares him extremely well for helping us take on the many challenging issues facing Contra Costa County.
Mr. Twa will join Contra Costa County from Ramsey County Minnesota, where he has served as the County Manager for the past five years. He has served as the County Administrator in three Counties in Minnesota for over twenty years. In addition to these assignments, Mr. Twa also served as an Elected County Attorney, Interim Property Records and Revenue Director, Executive Director of Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and Interim Director of Public Health and Long-term Care. Mr. Twa received his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota, as well as a degree in accounting, and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Under David Twa’s leadership Ramsey County has maintained a AAA credit rating, one of few counties in the country to achieve this distinguished ranking. He also has overseen his county’s efforts to institute a Strategic Planning Program, address Health Care Cost Liability, started a two year budget process, work with community partners to improve public services in the Minneapolis- St. Paul Region, and, institute significant redevelopment projects. “David has demonstrated the creativity, initiative and personal commitment necessary to positively address many issues that confront local government,” said Glover.
Twa was named the County Manager of the Year (2007) by the Minnesota Association of County Administrators, for his innovation in public service. Mr. Twa is married and has three adult children. He is also an avid runner who regularly takes part in marathons.