Orange County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino, who has worked in county government for 20 years and managed the budget during one of the most difficult economic times for local government, has resigned to take a position with a local financial consulting firm.
Rubino, 42, said Wednesday that he will remain with the county for another month while a successor is chosen for the post, which pays $99,500 a year.
"Call me a masochist, but I've enjoyed it," Rubino said. "This was a very, very hard decision for me to make."
Rubino will join Leifer Capital, a firm that provides consulting and coordinates revenue bond sales for cities and counties in California. In his new position, Rubino is not permitted to lobby or seek new business with county government for at least a year, according to the county's ethics code.