Meet the County Executive Officer

Meet the CEO

County Executive Officer Rick Haffey has been a member of the Nevada County executive team since 1999. Rick was appointed County Executive Officer (CEO) in January 2003 after more than two years as Assistant CEO. Prior to moving to the executive office, he spent a year at his first Nevada County position as Chief Fiscal/Administrative Officer of the Human Services Agency.
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Work Experience

Rick brings over 40 years of public sector experience to Nevada County government, including perspectives from positions as an appointed manager, an elected official, and manager of a non-profit community partner. He was the City Manager for the City of Belmont, as well as Interim Police Chief and Finance Director. He also served for 12 years as an elected official including being twice the Mayor of the City of South San Francisco and as an elected school board member. Rick served as the President of the California Association of County Executives in 2014.


Rick has a belief that education is a life-long process. As such, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Master of Science Degree and a high school teaching credential, Rick has completed the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute, the University of California, Berkeley Executive Institute and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. He also holds an ICMA (International City/County Management Association) Credentialed Manager Certification. In 2009, he was the first County Executive to receive a Senior Executive Credential from the CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government. He is also an Institute Fellow.


Rick lives in Alta Sierra. He has been active in the local community having served on the Board of Directors of various community groups including the Nevada County Arts Council, the Economic Resources Council and United Way of Nevada County. Rick has a passion for American History, and is a mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister organization. He also plays golf very poorly.


Rick can be reached at the County Executive Office by phone (530-265-7040), or by email.