Board Hires Scott Mitnick As New Sutter County CAO

Scott MitnickOn January 4th, 2017, Sutter County issued a formal news release announcing the appointment of Scott Mitnick to the County Administrative Officer role.

Following a lengthy strategic planning and recruitment process, Scott Mitnick, who managed the City of Thousand Oaks for 11 years and currently works as a senior investment banker with a public finance company in Los Angeles, was appointed County Administrative Officer of the County of Sutter.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday night to approve a contract with Mitnick, whose 27 years in senior leadership positions in local government include a three-year stint as the Assistant City Manager of Yuba City in the late 1990s. The new CAO reported to work on Wednesday.

“Scott’s knowledge, experience and professionalism will benefit Sutter County tremendously,” said Supervisor Dan Flores in recommending Mitnick’s hiring. “We were very impressed with his accomplishments and his directness, as were members of the citizen’s panel that interviewed him as part of the hiring process.”

“Scott has a solid grasp on public financing, budgeting, labor relations, relations with elected leadership, relations with the public, and on the concept of team building,” said Supervisor Jim Whiteaker, who joined Flores in making the recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors. “He helped a divided City Council in Thousand Oaks become stable, productive, and forward thinking. He sees the big picture and that is what you need in a CAO.”

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Scott Mitnick, Thousand Oaks – Meet Your City Manager

In March 2012, Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick was the subject of a video interview with the California City Management Foundation (CCMF) as part of their ‘Meet Your City Manager’ video series. These videos feature candid interviews with respected city managers from across California talking about the council-manager relationship, their favorite accomplishments as managers and their love for the profession.

“You’re in the center of the American democratic system and process. Whether you like it or not, you’re right there, you become the focal point. There’s never a dull moment. Every day is different. You’re a key, important part of the democratic system that many people take for granted.  And there are those of us that are working behind the scenes to ensure that this system of democracy that people take for granted works smoothly day in and day out.” – Scott Mitnick, City Manager of Thousand Oaks. 

City Manager of Thousand Oaks Mr. Scott Mitnick Paid a Goodwill Visit to Baheal Pharmaceutical Group


Mr. Scott Mitnick, City Manager of Thousand Oaks paid a goodwill visit to Baheal Health Science Park in Qingdao on May 6, 2014. Officials from Shibei district including Economic Development Director Yongjie Chi, Tourism Bureau Director Mr. Hongnian Zhu, and Deputy Chief of Commerce Ms. Liping Tan joined Mr. Mitnick as honored guests.

Mr. Gang Fu, President of Baheal Pharmaceutical Group and Mr. Ray Jiao, CEO of Tarcine BioMed, hosted the welcome reception at Baheal Health Science Park.

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Cities Faced With Less Revenue Now, In The Future


In September 2012, the Thousand Oaks Acorn reported on Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick’s contributions to the California Lutheran University Corporate Leaders Breakfast. Scott was frank in addressing the imminent challenges posed by lessening revenues and economic obstacles.

The dissolution of redevelopment agencies is just the latest financial obstacle facing California municipalities, Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick told a panel of public finance experts last week at California Lutheran University.

“We’re getting hit from all angles in local government,” he said. “It’s not just the loss of redevelopment agencies. It’s the loss of transit funding . . . and other cuts. Our funding sources for traditional services are becoming less and less.”

Mitnick was one of three panelists at CLU’s Sept. 14 Corporate Leaders Breakfast at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

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Interim City Manager Promoted

Scott MitnickIn November 2005, the Los Angeles Times published an article covering Scott Mitnick’s official promotion from Interim City Manager to City Manager of Thousand Oaks. The piece touches on his areas of expertise, accomplishments, and positive relationships with city councilmembers.

During his time as interim city manager, Irwin said Mitnick raised staff morale, secured new contracts with city employees and helped the council establish written goals for the city’s future.

Mitnick “definitely has the quality to be city manager, he has lots of experience, especially in finance,” Irwin said. “He’s sincere, passionate and smart. And the bottom line is, he knows the residents of the city.”

Masry’s son, Louis, said Wednesday that although his father was not released from the hospital in time to make Tuesday’s meeting, he supported Mitnick’s promotion. The elder Masry, he said, was impressed that Mitnick had visited him in the hospital at least once a week, usually with other senior staff members, to keep him informed on city business.

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City Manager Says T.O. Can Weather the Storm of Tight Economy

mitnick2A January 2009 article by the Thousand Oaks Acorn highlighted Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick’s outlook on the imminent economic issues facing the city and his plan to weather the storm.

City Manager Scott Mitnick believes in sticking to a plan.

He got the idea from a fortune cookie he opened many years ago at the former Chin’s Chinese restaurant. It said, “You will maintain your goal if you maintain your course.” That advice continues to drive Mitnick’s vision for Thousand Oaks.

Mitnick read his fortune to the Thousand Oaks Toastmasters At Lunch group last Thursday during an unofficial state of the city address titled “Weathering the Local Economic Challenges.”

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Thousand Oaks OKs Contract With City Manager

In 2005, the Thousand Oaks City Council approved a new employment contract for City Manager Scott Mitnick. See below for an excerpt from a December 15, 2005 article from the Los Angeles Times on this new contract:

The council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the open-ended contract, at an initial base salary of $195,135.

Mitnick, 41, had served as interim city manager since May, when Philip Gatch stepped down.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have someone of Scott’s character and quality to fill this critical position of executive leadership in our city,” Councilman Dennis Gillette said after the vote.

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Jim Lewis 98′ MPA & Scott Mitnick ’98 MPA Featured in Meet Your City Manager Series

The Syracuse Alumni Blog for the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs mentioned Thousand Oaks City Manager and alumn Scott Mitnick’s participation in the California City Management Foundation’s (CCMF) “Meet your City Manager” video series. Below is an excerpt from the August 2012 posting:

The California City Management Foundation (CCMF) recently released its ninth ‘Meet Your City Manager’ video featuring Jim Lewis of Atascadero. You can find the entire video series on the CCMF YouTube Channel,  along with the videos of the city management community reaching out to help the City of Bell and prior interviews with other city managers, including Scott Mitnick of Thousand Oaks.

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