2 promoted as merger of county offices continues

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/24/2010 03:51:00 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Chief Deputy Recorder De Ana Thompson and Assistant Recorder Matt Brown have been moved into new positions as a merger of the Auditor-Controller-Recorder’s and Treasurer/Tax Collector’s offices moves forward.

Thompson, a county employee for 14 years and chief deputy recorder since 2001, was recently promoted to assistant recorder, and Brown was promoted to assistant auditor-controller recorder.

Thompson will begin reporting to Assessor Dennis Draeger in the Assessor’s Office on Jan. 3, and Brown will remain at the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector offices.

In January, the Board of Supervisors approved a proposal to eliminate the elected position of Treasurer/Tax Collector and merge the office with that of the Auditor-Controller Recorder’s and Assessor’s offices. The move was part of a plan to save the county between $500,000 and $1 million a year through the elimination of about 10 positions through attrition and the transfer of county employees to other departments.

Thompson’s new role will be to provide the newly formed Assessor/Recorder’s Office with a “high level of expertise and continuity,” according to an inter-office memo Auditor-Controller/Recorder/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker sent to his employees on Oct. 15.

Walker said Friday he has been impressed with Thompson’s 10 years of service to the Recorder’s Office and the improvements she’s made.

“I’m very happy with the appointment, and it’s my impression Dennis Draeger is happy with it as well,” Walker said.

As assistant recorder, Brown’s primary focus was filling vacant positions in the office and streamlining human resources procedures for promotions and new hires. One of the big aims is staffing the new High Desert Government Center in Hesperia, Walker said.

Brown will now take on a bigger role in the overall administration of the office and will continue to provide assistance with the transition of the recorder’s division and office of the assessor, according to the memo.

“We’re targeting a very smooth transition, and so far so good,” Walker said.

In the last 18 months, Walker and Thompson have faced stinging criticism from a group of former employees who accuse Walker of mismanaging his elected office and Thompson of micromanaging employees and fueling a hostile work environment.

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