Terry Schutten, Sacramento County’s Chief Executive Officer, will retire at the end of this calendar year.

Schutten has held the position as top administrator since 1999.

Sacramento County recently finalized this year’s budget, one that has so far led to the loss of 800 county jobs and many services being cut.

Schutten acknowledged in a county press release the difficulty of leaving at a time when the County’s budget has been devastated by the recession, and additional cuts have been pushed to local governments by the state.

“We have weathered a budget storm that included cuts of more than $200 million dollars, and we still have much more to do.  We are still in cutback mode,” Schutten said in the release. “Our dedicated workforce is already bracing for next year, with an eye towards creative and long term solutions to allow the County to continue to do what it does best:  provide high quality services and programs for our residents.”

His retirement will take effect on Dec. 31. Schutten has not yet announced his future plans.

According to the Sacramento County Web site, “As County Executive, Terry reports to a five-member, elected Board of Supervisors, and manages a workforce of approximately 13,000. While he has been County Executive, he has focused on a wide range of issues, including increased community participation in futures planning, regional air quality and transportation issues, water resources, preserving open space, and city-county cooperative problem-solving.”