County Administrative Office

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Mission Statement:

Shasta County meets the needs of our community through collaborative services provided with courteous, efficient professionalism while ensuring public trust.

"Committed to Excellence in Public Service"

The County Administrative Office is responsible to the Board of Supervisors for the operation and administration of County offices, departments, and special districts under the jurisdiction of the Board.

Matthew P. Pontes, County Executive Officer

Matthew PontesMatthew P. Pontes is the County Executive Officer for Shasta County and has over twenty-seven years’ experience in both Public Service and the Private sector.

Matt comes back to our area from the County of Santa Barbara where he served as the Assistant County Executive Officer overseeing the County’s Community Services, which include; the General Services Department, Community Services Department, Public Works, Planning and Development, Agriculture Department and the Office of Emergency Management. During this time, he led efforts from conceptual design to construction of the County’s largest capital project, a 120-million-dollar new Jail facility.

Prior to becoming the Assistant County Executive Officer for Santa Barbara County, he led their County’s General Services Department as Director.  The General Services team included the County’s Information Technology, Public Safety Radio Communications, Facilities Maintenance, Capital Projects, Real Estate, Fleet, Purchasing, Security, and Mail services.  He also served as the Director of Recovery, leading the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow in Montecito to ensure the community was recovering from and prepared for all hazards.

Pontes worked for the County of Kern, serving the diverse communities in many capacities that include the positions of Planner I-III and Assistant Director of the Parks and Recreation Department.  During his time living in Kern County, Pontes became a Certified Arborist and worked as an adjunct faculty member with Bakersfield College; instructing on Fire, Forestry, and Arboriculture.  He has served on a High School Agriculture Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for four Fire Safe Councils, and various Tree Boards; leading Kern County on several incidents in the Kern County’s Emergency Operations.

Pontes worked for the United States Forest Service, on the Humboldt / Toiyabe and the Sequoia National Forests fighting wildland fires and in timber management. Pontes also worked for Alpine Land Information Services, Redding, Ca.  Pontes attended Allan Hancock Community College; California Polytechnic State University, earning a Forestry and Natural Resource Management Degree.