The Yolo County Board of Supervisors appointed Patrick Blacklock as its new county administrator, county officials announced on Friday.

Blacklock is currently the Assistant City Manager of Elk Grove.

The board unanimously selected Blacklock following the retirement of former county administrator Sharon Jensen in August. Blacklock will begin serving his new position on Jan. 4.

“Patrick Blacklock joins Yolo County at an extraordinary time,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Mike McGowan in a county press release.  “Though challenging, the downturn in the economy forces us to do business in a different way, and as a result, seize new opportunities. 

“Mr. Blacklock is fully capable of leading us into this new era as he brings a wealth of experience with him, and most importantly, a fresh perspective to help us all rise to the occasion.  We welcome him and look forward to working with him in meeting the challenges that lie ahead.”

In addition to his time as assistant city manager, Blacklock was dean of Careers and Technology at Cosumnes River College, the first county administrator for Amador County and Vice President of Government Relations for the California Cattlemen’s Association.

“I have been impressed by the collaborative spirit shown by Yolo County’s employees and I am excited by this unique opportunity to match my professional experience, which includes agricultural, academic, and rural and urban local government administration, with the community my family and I call home,” said Patrick Blacklock in a release.

“The Board of Supervisors’ recent adoption of the General Plan not only provides a framework to ensure Yolo County remains the community we value today, but also identifies a pathway to economic sustainability in the future.  I look forward to joining the many implementing this farsighted plan.”