Jody Hayes was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stanislaus County on August 12, 2017 following the retirement of Stan Risen who served as County CEO from 2013 - 2017. Mr. Hayes is assuming responsibility for the sound and effective management of approximately 4,400 employees, 27 departments, and a $1.1 billion budget.
Hayes began his career with Stanislaus County in 1999 in the Probation Department, human resources division. In 2004, he accepted a promotion to the Chief Executive Office as a Management Consultant and was appointed two years later to Deputy Executive Officer. During the next eight years of hard work and dedication he rose through the County ranks to become Assistant Executive Officer with overall responsibilities for the County’s budget and executive support for public safety and general government departments. After a nationwide recruitment, he was appointed as the new County Chief Executive Officer.
As CEO, Hayes is appointed by the Board of Supervisors with responsibilities for the overall direction and management of County resources, long-range organizational planning and the implementation of strategic goals and priorities as identified by the Board of Supervisors. Hayes has proven eager to engage with the community in this new role. “I am so honored to have the support of our Board of Supervisors in filling the role of Chief Executive Officer for the County,” Hayes said. “My pitch to the Board during the selection process was heavily weighted on my passion areas of community transformation and long-term vision for our future. I’m very excited to lead the organization through this next chapter on our journey of continuous improvement. Our future is very bright in Stanislaus County!”
Hayes is a proud graduate of the local education system, including Thomas Downey High School and Modesto Junior College. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona, and expanded his professional experience with key management roles in the manufacturing and hospitality industries prior to joining the County. Outside of the office, Hayes enjoys taking advantage of the many recreational opportunities available in the Modesto area with his wife Angela and children Sydney, Spencer and Aidan. In summarizing his appointment to Chief Executive Officer, Hayes is quick to point out his local roots and the long tradition of leadership throughout the County organization. “Stanislaus County is such a great place to work and to raise your family; it is a privilege to lead this organization and to dedicate my career to improving our community for many generations to come.”