Fresno County names new auditor-controller

Oscar J. Garcia, appointed Fresno County auditor-controller in 2017.
Oscar J. Garcia, appointed Fresno County auditor-controller in 2017. Fresno Bee file

Fresno County supervisors on Tuesday appointed Oscar J. Garcia the new auditor-controller/treasurer-tax collector.

He will replace Vicki Crow beginning Oct. 17. Crow, 56, will retire effective Oct. 14.

Garcia, 53, of Selma, is the assistant auditor-controller for Tulare County. He has worked there since 2008. Before that, he worked for Price, Paige & Associates and Douglas Smith as a certified public accountant.

Crow’s position is an elected office, but under the Fresno County Charter an appointment can be made to fill her position until the end of her term at the end of 2018.

Brandi Orth, the county clerk, replaced her predecessor, Victor Salazar, under a similar scenario in 2012. She was elected in 2014.

Under the county charter, only positions that the state constitution deems are elected would require an election before the end of the term. Those positions include the sheriff, district attorney and assessor except in the final year of a term.

The auditor-controller/treasurer-tax collector is not under that constitutional requirement, said Dan Cederborg, Fresno County counsel.

There was no opposition to Garcia’s appointment.

Following the meeting, Garcia said he has not decided whether he would campaign for the office in 2018.

“I’m just concentrating on going in there and getting a feel for the office since things are done a little bit differently than in Tulare County,” he said.

Marc Benjamin: 559-441-6166, @beebenjamin