portrait of Rebecca Campbell
Rebecca Campbell, 2021

San Luis Obispo County Welcomes Our New Assistant County Administrative Officer

Author: Administrative Office
Date: 7/27/2021 4:35 PM

The County of San Luis Obispo is pleased to welcome Rebecca Campbell, our new Assistant County Administrative Officer.

Rebecca Campbell started her new role as our Assistant County Administrative Officer in late June. Ms. Campbell has worked for the County of Kings since 2005, where she served as both the Assistant CAO and most recently as the CAO, since 2017. In this role, Ms. Campbell manages the day-to-day operations of all County functions and activities, which fall under the jurisdiction of the Board of Supervisors, including management of a $443 Million budget.

During her time with Kings County, Ms. Campbell’s significant accomplishments included successfully bringing in more than $100 Million in competitive construction grants and managing those projects and negotiating a multitude of diverse contracts. That includes her most recent 25-year Intergovernmental Agreement with the Tachi-Yokut Tribe of the Santa Rosa Rancheria Indians. She also led the county during the longest period of growth, including her direct involvement in increasing the County’s credit rating from an A- to an A.

She has served as an influential member of professional organizations, including Secretary/ Treasurer of the Statewide California Association of County Executives Organization, Chairperson of the California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee Central Planning Area, Committee Member of the Pioneer Elementary School Site Council, and Rotary.

Prior to working for the County of Kings, Ms. Campbell served ten years in the United States Navy as an Electronics Technician, and, while stationed in Keflavik, Iceland, she led the building and relocation of a North Atlantic communications facility. She also served as a Career Counselor to assist sailors with their career paths. Ms. Campbell was named Navy Sailor of the Year in 2001, and received multiple medals for her outstanding service. Ms. Campbell has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. 

Ms. Campbell replaced Guy Savage, who retired after serving seven years as the Assistant CAO and five years as the Director of IT.

“I’m grateful to Guy Savage for his steadfast leadership and service to our County, and excited to welcome Rebecca Campbell to our executive team." said CAO Wade Horton."She brings proven experience, a fresh perspective, and dedication to service. I’m looking forward to welcoming her and the commitment to excellence she has demonstrated in her life and career.”

As the Assistant CAO, Ms. Campbell will support CAO Wade Horton in overseeing an annual budget of $808 Million and a County staff of approximately 2,800. 

Watch this video to learn more about Ms. Campbell and her goals for the county.