Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced several staff changes in County Government on Monday, February 28.
The changes are as follows: County Attorney Langdon Chapman will be named Commissioner of Human Resources; Former County Attorney Richard Golden will become County Attorney; Alicia D’Amico, currently the Deputy Commissioner of the County’s General Services Department, will be named Director of Operations, replacing Dan Bloomer. Current Commissioner of Human Resources Steve Gross will become the Director of Economic Development.
Neuhaus noted that Chapman, County Attorney since 2014, will continue to play a key role in his administration and praised Golden, who previously served as County Attorney from 1994 to 2001. Golden has more than 40 years of municipal law experience and has been a partner with Burke, Miele, Golden and Naughton in Goshen for 20 years.
“From the start of my administration, Langdon has worked closely with me to support my efforts to balance the County budget,” Neuhaus said. “He was an integral part of our success in attracting LEGOLAND to Orange County. When the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago, he volunteered to be stationed for months at the County 911 Center playing a key role in the County’s response to the public health emergency. I know he will succeed in his new role and will continue to work closely with me in the operation of County government.”
“Rick is a problem solver with experience in courtrooms, board rooms, and places where decisions get made,” Neuhaus added. “When Langdon accepted my invitation to become Commissioner of Human Resources, Rick stood out above any others as a potential County Attorney. I am confident the residents of Orange County will be well represented by Rick and he will resolve cases and advance County contracts in a favorable way.”
D’Amico previously served in the County Executive’s Office as Assistant to the County Executive from 2014-16. She then served as Deputy Commissioner of General Services, overseeing several major projects relating to internet technology and procurement of goods and services.
“Alicia is smart, knows how to hold the line on spending, and will be a great advocate within my office to help solve problems for taxpayers and within County Government,” Neuhaus said. “Dan Bloomer was very familiar with Orange County government and its operations and was an asset to the County over the last three years.”
Bloomer previously worked for Orange County government from 1979 to 2001.
Gross, a 25-year Orange County Government employee, has served in many high-profile positions in County Government, including Director of Operations and Cost Control, Assistant to the County Executive, Acting County Executive and for the past 12 years as Commissioner of Human Resources.
The new positions will take effect in the coming weeks. Both Human Resources Commissioner and County Attorney are subject to confirmation by the Orange County Legislature. Chapman will be nominated to be Commissioner of Human Resources with the position to take effect no later than April 10. Golden’s nomination will formally be made upon Chapman’s confirmation and he would be expected to start in Mid-May.
“I have worked closely with Langdon Chapman and Rick Golden in different capacities over many years,” said Katie Bonelli, Chairwoman of the Orange County Legislature. “They are both competent managers and professionals who have served the County well. Steve Gross has been called upon by different administrations to take on new and challenging roles and Alicia has been an asset to the County during her tenure. I am pleased to support these moves by the County Executive and know our County will be well served by Langdon, Alicia, Rick and Steve in their new roles.”