Placer County Administrative Services Director Clark Moots plans to retire at the end of the year after more than 20 years of county service.
Moots took over the department’s top post in 2006 after serving as deputy director of information technology at Administrative Services.
He notified the County Executive Office of his retirement plans recently to help ensure a smooth transition. On Tuesday, Placer County was able to name his successor: Assistant Director of Administrative Services Jerry Gamez.
The appointment was made by County Executive Officer Thomas M. Miller and confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Placer County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
“Clark has done an outstanding job leading Administrative Services,” CEO Miller said. “His legacy includes several critical projects completed during his tenure, including an Information Technology Strategic Plan that the Board of Supervisors approved just last month. Placer County will miss Clark’s leadership and expertise, but we are fortunate to have someone like Jerry who can step in and maintain the department’s commitment to excellence.”
Moots announced his plans in a recent message to other department heads. “After 20-plus years with the county, it is time for me to move on with the next exciting phase of my life,” he said. “Placer County has afforded me some incredible opportunities over these many years and I consider it both an honor and a privilege to have worked with everyone.”
In his message, Moots announced plans for reopening a consulting business that focuses on the development and marketing of mobile and tablet applications.
Under his leadership, Administrative Services:
Completed the Information Technology Strategic Plan;
Continued to make progress on development of a state-of-the-art wireless communication network that will allow public safety agencies to communicate with each other more easily and quickly;
Continued implementation of iPlacer, an internal county intranet computer network;
Completed a project that allows residents in the remote community of Iowa Hill to have their first modern landline telephone system;
Received the Digital County Service Award from the National Association of Counties and Center for Digital Government for five years in a row; and
Obtained an Achievement in Excellence Award from the National Purchasing Institute for the eighth year in a row.
Gamez has been a county employee since 1990. Before being named assistant director, he held several post in Administrative Services, including information technology manager, telecommunications manager and telephone supervisor for the department’s Telecommunications Division.
Moots went to work for Placer County in 1986, serving first as a data-processing programmer and analyst and later as a functional analyst for the county Management Information Systems. He left county service to work as a project manager for a private-sector company from 1992-93 and to serve as president of his own business, Moots Enterprises, from 1993-96. He returned to the county in 1996, working as automated technology manager at the Sheriff’s Department until his appointment as deputy director of information technology at Administrative Services in 2000.
Administrative Services has about 100 employees and an annual budget of approximately $25 million. Its main mission is providing a variety of services that support other county departments. It has five main divisions: Information Technology, Procurement Services, Revenue Services, Central Services and Telecommunications.