Helen Robbins-Meyer
Helen Robbins-Meyer. Credit: County News Center

Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer announced Wednesday she will retire after 25 years of serving the county of San Diego.

Robbins-Meyer began at the county as a deputy chief administrative officer following a career in private industry. She rose to assistant CAO, then took over the top executive position in 2012.

“The people of San Diego County are incredibly fortunate to have had Helen’s talents, energy and devotion to improving their lives all these years,” said Nathan Fletcher, chair of the county Board of Supervisors. “She leaves not just an impressive list of accomplishments but a foundation for us to move toward greater achievements. My colleagues and I, and all San Diegans, owe her our gratitude.”

Robbins-Meyer oversees an annual budget of over $7 billion, more than 40 departments that provide a diverse variety of services and a workforce of 18,000 employees.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the San Diego region,” Robbins-Meyer said. “With the vision of our board, the support of our wonderfully dedicated employees, and our work with the community, we have truly made a difference in the lives of our residents, visitors, refugees and migrant guests.”

In the coming weeks, the Board of Supervisors will develop a process to find the next chief administrative officer.

The exact date of Robbins-Meyer’s departure was left open to allow the county time to conduct a search for her successor and ensure a smooth transition.

The process is expected to run into 2023, according to the county.