LOS ANGELES — Michelle Aguirre was named Orange County, Calif.'s chief financial officer June 3, effective immediately.
Aguirre, the county's budget chief, will fill the vacancy left by Frank Kim, who had served as CFO since 2013 and was named county executive officer in May.
"I know Michelle to be an extraordinary employee and leader," Kim said in a prepared statement. "Going down the check list of critical attributes for a CFO, she has them all - integrity, trustworthiness, strategic-minded, strong financial knowledge, analytical, collaborative, team-oriented, effective coach and mentor, solid decision-maker and great a communicator."
Aguirre has provided oversight of the county's $5 billion budget as director of the county's Budget Office since 2013. Aguirre joined Orange County in 1989 as an office assistant in the former General Services Agency. She was later promoted to staff analyst and administrative manager positions in the County Executive Office and Probation Department.
As chief financial officer, she will work to ensure the financial stability of the county by managing the budget, procurement, public finance and risk management functions in an efficient, cost-effective and responsive manner.
She holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton.