Nav Gill unanimously named Sacramento County’s top executive

Nav Gill.
Nav Gill.

Sacramento County supervisors have named Nav Gill as county executive, replacing Brad Hudson, who left earlier this year.

Supervisors voted unanimously in closed session Tuesday to hire Gill as the county’s top manager, responsible for more than 11,000 employees, according to a county news release.

Gill, 52, has served as acting county executive since Hudson’s departure. He has been a county employee since 2007, working in the executive’s office. He previously held jobs with the cities of Durham, N.C., and Folsom.

“He’s been instrumental in maintaining steady leadership through several changes of CEOs and the economic downturn of 2009,” board chairwoman Roberta MacGlashan said in the news release. “He’s seen us through good times and bad, has built solid internal and external relationships, and has proven he is ready to take the lead.”

Gill’s annual salary in the new job is $253,232.

In a written statement, Gill said, “My public service experience has prepared me for the job as I’ve managed a myriad of complex issues. Sacramento County is a great organization and we have a great team. I thank the Board for giving me this opportunity.”

Hudson announced his departure late last year. He would not answer questions about his decision, including where he was going. It turned out he took a job running Laguna Woods Village, a retirement community in Orange County. His five-year contract was set to expire this year, and at least one supervisor, Phil Serna, had openly expressed frustration with him.

Gill becomes the third county executive in five years. Prior to Hudson, who was hired in 2011, Steve Szalay ran the county on an interim basis.