Jan. 9, 2018: Jeff Hamm plans to retire as the San Luis Obispo Health Agency Director on April 7, 2018. The county’s Board of Supervisors and Hamm “have amicably agreed to part ways,” according to a statement released from the Board’s Administrative Office. In a closed meeting session held on Nov. 27, 2017, “the County Board of Supervisors approved a separation agreement regarding Hamm’s resignation,” the statement said. “We can’t thank Mr. Hamm enough for his decades of public service, his significant contributions as Health Agency Director over the past 11 years, and for graciously agreeing to stay on through April during the recruitment process,” said County Administrative Officer Wade Horton. County officials plan to soon open a nationwide search for Hamm’s successor. As part of the separation agreement, the Board agreed to pay Hamm six months’ salary (about $102,600) and his accumulated vacation and sick leave, calculated per county code, on or before April 30, 2018. “It has been my great honor to serve the people of San Luis Obispo County for 36 years and lead the Health Agency for 11 years, but I’m looking forward to retirement and the next phase of my life,” Hamm said. “Our community is facing a growing number of health care system challenges and I agree with the Board that the Health Agency needs a fresh perspective to address them.” Hamm has worked in government for more than thirty-six years. He started his tenure with the county government in 1981, and he worked for four years as an Environmental Specialist. He then went on to become an Emergency Services Coordinator at the Office of Emergency Services, and he soon took the post of Principal Administrative Analyst at the County Administrative Office under the Chief Administrative Officer. After ten years in that post, he was named the Deputy Director of the Health Agency before moving on to work for the San Luis Obispo Superior Court as its Assistant Court Executive Officer. He was then hired as the Health Agency Director in 2006.