Meegan Jessee, Deputy CAO and Budget Director
February 1, 2021
Please describe your role with your County.
As Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Budget Director for Butte County, I serve as a liaison between a number of County Departments and the CAO and function as the Budget Director for the County. In my role as Budget Director I oversee the budget process, debt management and general fund financial forecasting.
What’s the most interesting or fulfilling part of your job?
One of the things I like best about working in County Administration is that county government touches so many different parts of people’s everyday lives there is always something new to learn. From social services, to roads, disaster management, elections, etc. there is always something new to learn and ways to improve the day to day lives of our communities and neighbors. I appreciate how close local government is to those we serve.
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Parent Trap (the old one).
What’s your proudest professional or personal accomplishment?
My proudest personal accomplishments are the births of my two daughters now ages 7 and 8. Professionally, my proudest moments relate to changing policies to enhance transparency and improve processes as well as sharing financial and budget information in a way that is accessible, transparent and useful.
Who is your hero?
My heroes are the people who work to make our world a better place. As I write this on Martin Luther King Day, he comes to mind as does Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but there are many others.
What makes your county special?
Butte County has a great mix of open space, rural and urban life. We have had a tough few years with compounding disasters, but none the less the people of Butte County continue to come through for each other making the best of challenging situations and supporting our neighbors. Butte County is big enough to be the home of a university, great restaurants, and interesting cultural activates and small enough to maintain that small town feel and have space to get outside on your own.