So what does Hugh Nguyen do for the County anyway?

Hugh Nguyen

Hugh Nguyen is challenging Tom Daly for the elected position of County Clerk-Recorder. His ballot designation says that he is an “Assistant Orange County Clerk.”

Given that there is no such position in the county personnel classifications, I thought I would ask the the county Public Information Officer, Howard Sutter, a few questions about where Hugh Nguyen works, and what his job classification and title is.

Here is my Q&A with Sutter:

Questions:

1) What is Hugh Nguyen’s current Job Classification?

Administrative Manager I

2) What is Hugh Nguyen’s current Operational Job Title? 

Assistant Clerk, Files Management/Administration Division

3) What are Hugh Nguyen’s job functions in the Clerk of the Board’s office?

He manages the purchasing, petty cash, space needs/modifications, telephone usage/modifications, safety compliance, disaster recovery plan, department document storage and retention, public record act requests, building signage, etc. for the Board of Supervisors and Clerk of the Board.

4) Is Mr. Nguyen working full or part time?

Full time but has volunteered additional furlough days without pay to assist the department’s budget needs

5) Is Hugh Nguyen’s full or part time classification consistent with the Job Classification he holds? (i.e.; is his Job Classification normally a full or part time position?)

Yes, Full time position

6) If Mr. Nguyen is working other than full time, is their a specific reason for that arrangement?

Volunteered additional furlough days without pay

7) Is there a position in the COB office, other than that held by Ms. Novak, with the job title Assistant Orange County Clerk? 

Ms. Novak’s title is Chief Deputy, Clerk of the Board and no one else holds that title.  In additional to Mr. Nguyen’s Assistant Clerk title, Robin Stieler is Assistant Clerk, Board Services Division and Pat Martinez is Assistant Clerk, Assessment Appeals Division.

Well, that seems clear enough.

Hugh Nguyen is NOT an Assistant Orange County Clerk. He is an Administrative Manager I with the function title of Assistant Clerk, Files Management/Administration Division, in the office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.

For the record, the Clerk of the Board office is in no way related to the office of the County Clerk-Reorder. Yep, just one more example of truthiness according to Hugh Nguyen.

UPDATE:  To clarify, the “Q and A” with Howard Sutter took place via email. Here is the complete email I received from Mr. Sutter, from which the above information was developed. Only the email addresses and a phone number have been redacted.

From: “Sutter, Howard”
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:31:05 -0700
To: Chris Prevatt
Subject: Your information request

Chris,

The answers to your questions were provided by the Clerk of the Board. Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Questions:

1) What is his current Job Classification? Administrative Manager I

2) What is his current Operational Job Title? Assistant Clerk, Files Management/Administration Division

3) What are his job functions in the Clerk of the Board’s office? He manages the purchasing, petty cash, space needs/modifications, telephone usage/modifications, safety compliance, disaster recovery plan, department document storage and retention, public record act requests, building signage, etc. for the Board of Supervisors and Clerk of the Board.

4) Is Mr. Nguyen working full or part time? Full time but has volunteered additional furlough days without pay to assist the department’s budget needs

5) Is his full or part time classification consistent with the Job Classification he holds? (i.e.; is his Job Classification normally a full or part time position?) Yes, Full time position

6) If Mr. Nguyen is working other than full time, is their a specific reason for that arrangement? Volunteered additional furlough days without pay

7) Is there a position in the COB office, other than that held by Ms. Novak, with the job title Assistant Orange County Clerk? Ms. Novak’s title is Chief Deputy, Clerk of the Board and no one else holds that title.  In additional to Mr. Nguyen’s Assistant Clerk title, Robin Stieler is Assistant Clerk, Board Services Division and Pat Martinez is Assistant Clerk, Assessment Appeals Division.

Howard Sutter

CEO Community/Media Relations

  4 comments for “So what does Hugh Nguyen do for the County anyway?

  1. Nephius
    March 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    What’s Daly’s title? Head of Political Patronage? Superintendent of Burnt Out Buildings and Bad Property Decisions?

    • Dan Chmielewski
      March 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      Clerk Recorder.

      For those with readig comprehension problems. Glad to see the OJoke and Fringe sites are reading us so much.

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