Contra Costa: More retirements on the way?

Two top executives in the offices of the Contra Costa County Auditor-Controller and Treasurer-Tax Collector filed today to run for their boss’ jobs, a strong indication that two more veteran countywide elected officials will retire.

Russell Watts of Brentwood, chief deputy Treasurer-Tax Collector, pulled papers in the election clerk’s office to run for the post held by incumbent Treasurer-Tax Collector Bill Pollacek.

Robert Campbell of Concord, chief accountant in the payroll and property division, also pulled papers to run for the job held by incumbent Auditor-Controller Steve Ybarra.

Neither incumbent has made any official retirement announcements and top department aides rarely run against their bosses.

Incumbent Sheriff Warren Rupf and District Attorney Robert Kochly have both announced their retirements, which has inspired fierce campaigns for the open seats.

Friday is the filing deadline for candidates who wish to run in the June election unless the incumbent does not seek re-election; in those offices, the deadline is extended to March 17.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen