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Lopez-Maddox to Run for O.C. Public Administrator

The former state assemblyman and recalled Capo Unified trustee wants back in public office.

Former Republican state assemblyman and recalled Capistrano Unified School District trustee Ken Lopez-Maddox announced today he wants to return to public office, this time as the Orange County public administrator.

The county has been without a public administrator since February, when John Williams retired amid accusations of mismanagement. The public administrator handles the estates of people who die without a will or trust.

With a master’s in management and a 17-year career in law enforcement, Lopez-Maddox spent six years in the state Assembly after being elected in 1998.

He won election to the Capo school board in 2008 as part of a recall campaign, but was recalled himself in November 2010.

He is also a blogger at the Aliso Viejo Patch.

Orange County voters had a chance to make the public administrator’s job an appointed position but voted to keep it an elected post by defeating Measure A. The next election for the position will be in 2014.

The Grand Jury in 2009 excoriated Williams' management of the administrator office, according to the Voice of OC. The office once employed OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' fiancee, an issue that came up in the DA's firing of his political acolyte-cum-rival Todd Spitzer.

News agencies, including the Voice, have reported that the firing decision came after Spitzer's inquiries into the alleged dysfunction of the administrator's office, which exposed the OC government to massive liability, an outside attorney for the county said.

Finally, after legal posturing, getting locked out of his own office and private negotiations with supervisors, Williams officially resigned in February, leaving technocrats to man the office.

“I have decided to enter the race for public administrator because our county needs an official with a  proven track record as a trusted public servant,” said Lopez- Maddox in a press release.

“As the public administrator, I will effectively manage the staff of technical experts charged with handling the complex financial and legal issues involved to protect the interests of Orange County citizens.”

During his tenure in the State Legislature, Lopez- Maddox was the Republican lead on the investigation of malfeasance at the Department of Insurance that led to the removal of Insurance  Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush, according to his press release. He also served on the Assembly Speaker’s Commission on Police Conduct, authored the California Safe Surrender Law and received the Order of California from the Governor for his efforts on behalf of military veterans.

fact checker December 14, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Dawn, You meant to say that California has the highest class size in the nation, not CUSD solely. This all began decades ago with a lack of education funding, which, in CA is 47th in the nation.
shelly December 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Dawn, When our state (we the people) spends less per child then most other states and keep cutting the education budget every year then that is what happens. And, Dawn, it is not the employees fault or the unions fault that the budget keeps getting cut.
shelly December 14, 2012 at 04:13 PM
And Dawn, our district gets less per child.
Capo Parent Too December 14, 2012 at 05:53 PM
He did write a blog piece about his name, but it was so vague it didn't really explain where Lopez came from. It was rather ODD actually.
Mike February 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Why not just disband the existing PA office. They have had a relentless history of problems, i.e. grand jury complaints. You can only blame the head person so much. After Mr. Williams, the last PA "resigned," that small band, about five, of PA staff was left intact. It was and is the staff that isn't cutting the mustard. The elected official doesn't do the work. They say the law requires this office exists. Fine put it under some agency where oversight is provided. There was no oversight the. There is no oversight now. The lack of accountability assures their issues have and will continue.

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