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Shasta County announces new CEO, set to begin late January

Just in, through the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, Matthew P. Ponts has been appointed as County Executive Officer, effective starting Jan. 27.

Posted: Jan 14, 2020 12:05 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 12:07 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Through the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, Matthew P. Ponts has been appointed as County Executive Officer, effective January 27, 2020.

Before this newly announced appointment, Pontes served as the Assistant County Executive Officer in Santa Barbara. He led efforts from conceptual design to construction of the County’s largest capital project, a $120 million new Jail facility.

He also oversaw the county's community services including, the General Services Department, Community Services Department, Public Works, Planning and Development, Agriculture Department and the Office of Emergency Management, the county said.

Prior to becoming the Assistant County Executive Officer for Santa Barbara, 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, the county said.

Pontes also served as the Director of Recovery, leading the County’s efforts related to the Thomas Fire and debris flow in Montecito to ensure communities were prepared for all hazards.

As the Director of Recovery, Pontes led a team of emergency managers, communications professionals, consultants, Public Works, Flood Control, Public Health, Fiscal, and Planning and Development professionals who focus on recovery and resiliency efforts.

He has over twenty-seven years’ experience in both Public Service and the Private sector.

Pontes attended Allan Hancock Community College; California Polytechnic State University, earning a Forestry and Natural Resource Management Degree, with a concentration in Wildland fire and hydrology; and acquired a degree from the Municipal Forest Institute.

He worked for the United States Forest Service, on the Humboldt / Toiyaibe and the Sequoia National Forests fighting wildland fires and in timber management.

Matt has three children, is married to Misty. Matt is active in the outdoors, he said he spends most of his free time in the mountains, on beaches, lakes, and rivers. Along with watching his children compete in events.

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