County Executive Officer, Mendocino Couty
Carmel J. Angelo is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the County of Mendocino, a Northern California county full of beaches, redwood groves and other beautiful remote and rustic areas.
Ms. Angelo has enjoyed a 35 year career spanning healthcare and local government administration. In 1991, Ms. Angelo began her extensive public service career at San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency. After working in San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency for 12 years, she became Director of the County of Mendocino’s Health and Human Services Agency in 2007. In 2010, Ms. Angelo was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Mendocino County, a position she holds today.
As Mendocino County’s CEO, Ms. Angelo is keenly aware of the challenges of small rural counties, particularly with healthcare access, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness and disaster recovery in unstable economies.
Her awareness of disaster response and recovery needs was heightened the last couple years due to Mendocino County’s two years of devastating wildfires, first in 2017 and now in 2018. The 2018 Mendocino Complex Fire was the largest wildfire in California history. Ms. Angelo worked with fire, public safety and state and federal partners to pull together response and recovery teams that still serve the affected communities today.
Ms. Angelo remains active in statewide associations. Recently she received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the California Association of County Executives (CACE). This year Ms. Angelo received the 2018 President’s Award from the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC). While immersed in county administrative issues including Mendocino County’s recovery from the 2017 wildfires and the 2018 wildfires, the largest in California history, Ms. Angelo remains a strong and vocal advocate for small, rural communities.