Sacramento County loses social services chief to Solano County

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 - 6:42 am

A little over a year after being promoted to a top executive position, Ann Edwards has left Sacramento County to become social services director in neighboring Solano County.

Edwards worked her last day as director of the Countywide Services Agency on July 26. The agency is one of three county "super agencies" responsible for a collection of departments with like missions – in this case, social services.

She starts her new job in Solano County on Monday.

Edwards' salary in Solano County will be $211,000, which is roughly the same as what she earned in Sacramento County.

She did not immediately return a message from The Sacramento Bee seeking comment about her reasons for leaving Sacramento County. Edwards submitted a resignation letter to the county.

"As I have lived most of my life in Sacramento and have dedicated much of my career to the County and its success, this decision was quite difficult and personal," she wrote. "Thank you for the opportunity to serve in the role of Chief Deputy County Executive for the past year."

Edwards worked for the county for 15 years, including a stint as director of its Health and Human Services Department. She headed that department as it dealt with regular controversy related to its Child Protective Services agency.

Edwards' predecessor as Countywide Services Agency director, Bruce Wagstaff, left the county last year, also to become a social services director in another county, Santa Clara. He was the fourth top official to leave Sacramento County in less than a year. Two of the officials, the public health and parks directors, cited disputes over the budget as reasons for leaving.

Call The Bee's Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065. Follow him on Twitter @bradb_at_sacbee.

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