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June 7, 2016 Election Resources
New Clerk Recorder/Assessor/Registrar of Voters Jesse Salinas
Jesse Salinas received his bachelor’s degree from U.C. Santa Cruz with a major in Psychology and a minor in Computer Science. After spending a year interning for County Supervisor Gary Patton in Santa Cruz County, Jesse attended the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley where he received his Master’s degree.
After graduation, Jesse worked for the California School Boards Association as its first research analyst, providing in-depth and comprehensive analysis on key issues that were shaping the state’s education policy discussion at the time, such as the 1992 Voucher Initiative. Because of this work, the State Senate’s President Pro Tem hired Jesse to be his senior consultant on all Kindergarten thru higher education issues. Jesse spent three years working in the Capitol, where he helped balance California’s education budget and, at the request of education committee leadership, led efforts to develop and process emergency education legislation after the Northridge earthquake; this legislation became law in less than three weeks. After his time in the Capitol, Jesse spent the next eight years working in the nonprofit sector, where he served three years as an Executive Director of a statewide organization. However, his strong passion for public policy and public service drew him back to government.
For the past ten years, Jesse has served Yolo County as a principal management analyst in both the County Administrator’s Office and Department of Financial Services. His scope of responsibilities have included overseeing as many as 10 different departments, including the Assessor’s Department, 55% of the county budget, forecasting and monitoring all the county’s major revenues, the entire master fee schedule, and leading efforts to bring national best practice supervisory and leadership trainings to Yolo county.
In addition to his work in the County, Jesse coached youth soccer for twenty years before his recent retirement from the sport. During his coaching tenure, Jesse received the rare distinction of being selected Who’s Who of America’s Teachers four times by his players. For the past five years, Jesse has also served on the City of Woodland’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the past three as chair. In 2014, he helped lead efforts to pass a City of Woodland ballot measure that extended a quarter cent sales tax. This measure is annually generating $1.2 million in funds for youth and public safety programs.
On April 5, 2016, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors appointed Jesse Salinas as its new Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Chief Elections Official. His official first day in office was May 2, 2016. Jesse will finish the remaining term of his predecessor and then run for office in 2018.
On a personal note, Jesse has been married for 30 years to his college sweetheart and is the proud parent of three wonderful children, all of which live in California and work in the high-tech industry. He also has a new grandchild, who he describes as the latest joy in his life.