Chief Executive Office
Chief Executive Officer
Stan Risen was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stanislaus County effective November 16, 2013 after serving a brief tenure as Interim CEO. Mr. Risen has overall responsibility for sound and effective management of Stanislaus County government. The county has nearly 4000 employees, 27 departments and a $1.1 billion budget.
Mr. Risen began his career in Stanislaus County in 1987 as an Appraiser in the Assessor’s Office. In June 1999, he accepted an opportunity in the Chief Executive Office to serve as project manager for the development of an Information Technology Strategic Plan and has remained in the office ever since. Risen was appointed as an Assistant Executive Officer in May 2005.
He has been involved in numerous projects including the development of the County’s salary projection and budget submittal/monitoring systems, a comprehensive update of the Public Facilities Fee program, the Health Services Agency Strategic Plan, Salida Community Plan, "GIS Central" and negotiations with Covanta Energy for a new Waste-to-Energy Plant agreement.
The CEO acts as the Board’s representative on all management matters and is charged with ensuring the effective implementation of Board policy, management of all County resources, and is accountable for results in accord with Board goals, policies and budgetary allocations. The CEO is also responsible for: long range financial, facilities and organizational planning; ensuring that County departments are delivering services and results in accord with Board goals, policies, budgets and legal mandates; and improving management and information systems to guarantee the most effective use of County personnel, money, facilities and equipment. The Chief Executive Officer is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serves as an at will employee of the county.
Mr. Risen has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bob Jones University and is a former Planning Commissioner and City Councilman for the City of Ceres.