Oscar Valdez

Oscar Valdez

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/18/16 – 12:42 AM PST |

Succeeding longtime San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker could be an intimidating prospect for some, but Oscar Valdez said he is ready to take the helm when Walker retires March 5.

“I feel I’m up to the challenge right now to fill those shoes. I definitely appreciate his leadership,” Valdez, the county’s assistant auditor-controller/treasurer/tax collector since 2011, said of Walker after the Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed him as Walker’s successor during a special meeting Wednesday.

Walker announced last month he would be retiring after 18 years as auditor-controller. He previously held the additional titles of county recorder and county clerk, and since 2010, has also served as county treasurer and tax collector after those offices were merged with the auditor-controller’s office.

In his 38 years of public service in San Bernardino County, Walker, a Chino resident, also served as a county supervisor and mayor of Chino.

After reviewing 17 applicants, which were then whittled down to five top candidates, board Chairman James Ramos and Vice Chairman Robert Lovingood — who served as a two-man committee, reviewing applications and interviewing applicants — recommended Valdez for the job.

They cited his extensive background and experience as a county administrator and his familiarity with the county’s budget, its technologies and partner agencies.

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