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County Administrator

County Administrator

Welcome to the County Administrator’s Office.

There is a tremendous amount of positive change happening in our County and by our employees. We are proud of the direction Sutter County is headed. We are committed to achieve the Board of Supervisor's goals in a manner that is ethical, respectable, and professional. Here at Sutter County we put the public's interest first and are building a culture to enhance the quality of life for our residents.

Below, you can read about the people who serve you in the County Administrator's office.

CAO Staff


Steve Smith - County Administrator

Steve Smith currently serves as County Administrator. As the County Administrator, Steve Smith serves as the CEO of Sutter County. He had been serving as the Assistant County Administrator since February 2016, and as the Interim CAO since February 2019 until August 2019, when the Board of Supervisors appointed him as the County Administrator. As the Assistant County Administrator, he served as the organizations #2 and functions as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). The Assistant County Administrator provides direct oversight to the County’s 20 departments. Steve Smith started with Sutter County in July 2009 as Deputy County Administrative Officer. Over Steve’s nearly seven years as Deputy CAO, he served as CAO liaison to every county department at one time or another with initial responsibility for the health and human services and public safety functions. During this time, Steve coordinated Sutter County’s implementation of 2011 Public Safety Realignment for the CAO’s Office. In 2016, Steve was promoted to the Assistant County Administrator position. As Assistant County Administrator, Steve supervised the day-to-day operations of the County, including production of the annual budget, in addition to coordinating with County departments to implement policy direction approved by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.

Prior to joining Sutter County, Steve spent seven years working for Contra Costa County, first as Assistant Director of Nutritional Services for the Health Services Department at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and later, after earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, as Administrative Services Officer in the Building Inspection/Conservation and Development Department. In these roles, Steve managed a staff of 50 direct reports and department budgets in excess of $20 million. Steve has over 20 years management and administrative experience in the private and public sectors.

Matt Michaelis - Deputy County Administrator

As Deputy County Administrative Officer, Matt serves as the organization's #3 administrator and fills a variety of roles. Matt’s main role is serving as the County’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and overseeing the budget. Matt grew up in the industry; his father, Blaine, served as City Manager of King City, California for 13 years and San Dimas, California for 18 years. Matt received Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Matt began his career as a Budget Analyst for the City of Cape Coral, Florida. At the time, the City of Cape Coral was the fifth fastest growing city in the nation. Matt then joined the CAO's staff of Jackson County, Oregon, as a Budget Analyst. In 2012, Matt was appointed the Administrative Services Manager for the City of Marysville, CA. Prior to joining Sutter County, Matt was the Finance Director for the City of Gridley, CA for 3 ½ years. Matt and his family live in Yuba City.

Annie Liu - Deputy County Administrator

Annie joined the Sutter County Administrative Office team in November 2017. As Deputy County Administrator, Annie performs a variety of difficult and complex professional administrative and analytical functions. Annie acts as the County Administrative Office liaison with representatives of various County departments, as well as assisting in coordination of the county budget process.

Annie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She started to serve local governments in January 2008 with Butte County, where she held various positions including Senior Accountant, Internal Auditor and Governmental Accounting Manager in different departments for nearly ten years. Prior to working for Butte County, Annie also held positions as office manager, accounting manager and operation manager, working in various private businesses in the manufacturing and service industries. Annie received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Degree both from California State University, Chico.

Chuck Smith - Public Information Officer/Legislative Analyst

The Public Information Officer is responsible for assisting the Board of Supervisors, CAO, and all 20 departments in communicating effectively with the public. The PIO responds to requests from the media, and helps media representatives understand County issues and connect with the right subject matter expert for their publication needs. The PIO is responsible for the County's social media presence, and is a member of the management team when the Emergency Operations Center is open. The Legislative Analyst is responsible for monitoring legislation and rulemaking at the state and federal levels, as they impact County functions, and for developing a broad legislative platform that allows the County to move quickly when advocating for, and opposing, legislation and proposed new rules.

Yuba-Sutter native and lifelong resident Chuck Smith has been the County's PIO since February of 2008. He spent more than a decade covering local government as a reporter for the Appeal-Democrat newspaper. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in history. He has extensive training in emergency communications and has worked mutual aid in Emergency Operations Centers for fatal wild fires in Lake and Butte counties, in addition to functioning as the lead PIO in the Sutter County EOC during the February 2017 evacuation. In 2009, for purposes of County disaster awareness outreach and the need for flood insurance, he authored and produced the 80-minute documentary "The 1955 Sutter County Flood," (YouTube: detailing the Christmas Eve disaster which resulted in 37 deaths and inundation of 90 percent of Yuba City. The documentary has been used as a training tool for new employees at the Department of Water Resources' Division of Flood Management. In February of 2018, Chuck was invited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be a presenter at a technical seminar at the FEMA's National Emergency Management Academy entitled: "Maintaining Public Trust Through Effective Emergency Management."


Emergency Management


Under the direction of the CAO, the Office of Emergency Management is responsible for planning, response and recovery activities associated with natural and man-made emergencies and disasters throughout the County.

Fire Services


In addition to fire suppression operations, the fire services in Sutter County provide medical aid at the basic life support level with the ability to perform emergency cardiac shock (defibrillation).

The Sutter County Fire Department (County Service Area - F) has a Hazardous Materials Response Team with equipment and personnel trained to mitigate hazardous materials releases. Other services provided include technical rescue capabilities and public education programs promoting fire safety at all local elementary schools.

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Office Hours


Contact Information

County Administrator:
Steve Smith
1160 Civic Center Blvd., Suite A
Yuba City, CA  95993
Phone Number:
(530) 822-7100
Fax Number:
(530) 822-7103