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May 13, 2001 | From Times staff reports
Former Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford has been awarded the Earl Warren Public Service Award. The award, presented by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, is given to civic leaders who have made an "outstanding, sustained contribution" in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County officials have settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought nearly two years ago against former Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford by a woman who had served as one of his top lieutenants. After months of talks, the settlement was finalized earlier this month and a $165,000 payment was made to Terry Dryer last week. Dryer, a 28-year county employee, was one of Hufford's top assistants when he served as interim county chief from January 2000 to March 2001.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2000
Re "Long Urges Expanding Powers of County CAO," April 18. I am appalled by Supervisor John Flynn's juvenile behavior to threaten Supervisor Kathy Long with election meddling should she not let him stand in the spotlight! It was Long who brought the exemplary Harry Hufford to the attention of our county, and it is only logical that she would support his recommendations to strengthen the position of chief administrative officer. After all, the goal is not to place a crown on Flynn's head but to shape Ventura County's leadership into a cooperative group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2003 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
A top Ventura County administrator alleges in newly released court documents that her former boss caused her great psychological stress through numerous sexual overtures, saying she had great legs and asking "are redheads as feisty as I have heard they are?" Terry Dryer, 52, said in pre-trial court documents that former county Chief Administrator Harry Hufford, 71, retaliated against her by becoming verbally abusive and critical when she spurned his advances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his 15 months as the county's chief administrator, Harry Hufford has helped supervisors close a $5-million budget gap, retain control of $260 million in tobacco settlement money and generally restore order to a giant and often politically divisive bureaucracy. Now Supervisor Kathy Long is calling on Hufford one last time--to help retire her $23,708 in campaign debts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2000
Have we elected a crybaby sheriff here in Ventura County? I have spent most of my working life as a police officer or training police officers. I have patrolled Ventura County as a deputy sheriff. For Sheriff Bob Brooks to jump out of the closet and yell, "Boo! The gangs are going to get you," [if he is required to trim his budget] is very unprofessional. Let me make a few simple suggestions on how to solve this situation in a time of serious financial problems for the county: It is reported in the newspapers that Brooks has 115 vacancies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2000
Harry Hufford, Ventura County's newly hired interim chief administrative officer, must wonder why there is so much distrust of the Board of Supervisors with regard to the use of tobacco settlement money. That distrust is of the board's own making and goes back 10 years. Hufford should be told of the shenanigans of 1990, when we uncovered the deception of the supervisors. They secretly approved a benefits plan that greatly enriched themselves and county department heads. That plan allowed the supervisors to nearly double their take-home pay without the public's knowledge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2000 | By MARGARET TALEV,
As the Board of Supervisors explores plans to expand housing for the mentally ill, Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford is warning that the county doesn't have the money to build and maintain additional facilities, no matter how pressing the need. "The issue really is, how far should the county go to replace services that the state abandoned and shifted to the counties?" Hufford said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a big victory for interim chief administrator Harry Hufford and a defeat for the county's entrenched department managers, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution that significantly strengthens Hufford's control over nearly every aspect of county government's finances and leadership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When David L. Baker quit last year after four days as Ventura County's chief administrative officer, he left behind a six-page letter that blasted what he saw as years' worth of dysfunction that was bleeding county government of its fiscal and managerial stability. Today, Harry Hufford, the retired Los Angeles County administrator hired to turn things around, will present a letter of his own to the Board of Supervisors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2001 | From Times staff reports
Former Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford has been awarded the Earl Warren Public Service Award. The award, presented by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, is given to civic leaders who have made an "outstanding, sustained contribution" in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his 15 months as the county's chief administrator, Harry Hufford has helped supervisors close a $5-million budget gap, retain control of $260 million in tobacco settlement money and generally restore order to a giant and often politically divisive bureaucracy. Now Supervisor Kathy Long is calling on Hufford one last time--to help retire her $23,708 in campaign debts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Choosing a man known more for his ability to balance a tight budget than to stare down department heads, county supervisors Tuesday unanimously selected veteran county employee John Johnston to replace Harry Hufford as chief administrator next month. Johnston, 58, affable chief of the General Services Agency, has worked for the county for nearly 14 years, beginning in the 1970s and resuming in 1998 after a stint in the private sector.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Setting the stage for what promises to be a showdown with the county's powerful law enforcement agencies, Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford is proposing to overhaul an ordinance earmarking more than $40 million annually for law enforcement. Sheriff Bob Brooks met with Hufford in a closed-door meeting Monday to discuss his plan, which includes denying county-funded increases for public safety agencies in any year when finances are tight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000 | RAMON RODRIGUEZ, Ramon Rodriguez lives in Fillmore
Congratulations are in order to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, to interim Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford and to the other participants in the annual ritual and budget dance that accompanies the start of another fiscal year in government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six months ago Harry Hufford reported for his first day as Ventura County's interim chief administrative officer. His assignment: * Close a $5-million budget gap. * Bring unruly department heads back in line. * Restore order and stability to the increasingly divisive Board of Supervisors. Hufford, who served as Los Angeles County's chief administrator from 1974 to 1985, quickly went to work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Setting the stage for what promises to be a showdown with the county's powerful law enforcement agencies, Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford is proposing to overhaul an ordinance earmarking more than $40 million annually for law enforcement. Sheriff Bob Brooks met with Hufford in a closed-door meeting Monday to discuss his plan, which includes denying county-funded increases for public safety agencies in any year when finances are tight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Choosing a man known more for his ability to balance a tight budget than to stare down department heads, county supervisors Tuesday unanimously selected veteran county employee John Johnston to replace Harry Hufford as chief administrator next month. Johnston, 58, affable chief of the General Services Agency, has worked for the county for nearly 14 years, beginning in the 1970s and resuming in 1998 after a stint in the private sector.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a big victory for interim chief administrator Harry Hufford and a defeat for the county's entrenched department managers, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution that significantly strengthens Hufford's control over nearly every aspect of county government's finances and leadership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When David L. Baker quit last year after four days as Ventura County's chief administrative officer, he left behind a six-page letter that blasted what he saw as years' worth of dysfunction that was bleeding county government of its fiscal and managerial stability. Today, Harry Hufford, the retired Los Angeles County administrator hired to turn things around, will present a letter of his own to the Board of Supervisors.
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