San Joaquin County gains and Stanislaus County loses with the announcement that Monica Nino is headed to Stockton to be San Joaquin's new county chief executive officer.
In her short 18 months in the top job here, Nino proved herself a very competent executive, providing the thorough information needed for the five elected supervisors to make good decisions, especially on budget matters. Nino is an accountant who has spent 25 years in Stanislaus County government. She knew it inside and out when she was selected as CEO in late 2011.
Nino was mentored well by former CEO Rick Robinson and continued the practice of keeping supervisors fully informed on current finances and on the county's exposure to future financial risks. The county made a lot of cuts and layoffs, but stayed on top of its money issues — unlike many local government entities that are in reactive crisis mode.
That financial acuity no doubt was one of the reasons that San Joaquin County hired Nino. We wish she had remained here longer, but acknowledge that capable people have to move on when career opportunities present themselves.
The relative stability of Stanislaus County government will be attractive to prospective candidates for the CEO position.
We wish Nino well in her new position.