Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has promoted Randy Singh to a newly-created post of deputy county administrator for administrative and financial services and announced three other key appointments Tuesday, including the reappointment of Jeffrey Newton as Orange County’s county attorney.
With that post, Singh essentially becomes Orange County’s second-highest ranking county administrator. He’ll be overseeing all fiscal and administrative services of the county, including the $4.4 billion budget, as well as the Human Resources Division. Byron Brooks is moving into the role as county administrator, succeeding Ajit Lalchandani, who is retiring after 20 years in that job.
Since 2014, Singh served as assistant county administrator, overseeing Orange County’s Family Services Department, Administrative Services Department, Office of Management and Budget, and Office of Economic Trade and Tourism, and also serving as liaison to all county constitutional officers. He has more than 30 years professional experience, including serving as manager of the Office of Management and Budget at Orange County, and as manager of financial planning and budgets at LYNX, the Central Florida bus system.
Newton has served as the Orange County County Attorney since 2011 under then-Mayor Teresa Jacobs, after serving as a deputy county attorney in Orange County, county attorney in Broward County and deputy county attorney for Seminole County.
Among other appointments announced Tuesday:
– Demings named Chris Testerman to be deputy Orange County administrator for infrastructure, community and development services. That is essentially an upgrade and expansion of his current role as assistant county administrator for infrastructure services and government relations, which he has held since 2012. In the new position, Testerman will continue to have oversight of all county divisions associated with growth and development.
– Demings promoted Louis A. Quiñones Jr. to chief of Orange County Corrections. He had previously served as deputy chief of operational services at Orange County Corrections. Quiñones has 31 years of experience in the field, including at Orange County, Broward County, and Bexar County [San Antonio], Texas.
Quiñones becomes the county’s first Hispanic chief of corrections, filling a slot that has been open for some time awaiting Demings’ tenure as mayor to begin.
“It has been a career goal of mine to be a Chief, but leading THIS agency is a dream come true,” Quiñones said in a news release. “Of my 31 years in this profession, approximately 25 years have been with Orange County Corrections. Within that time, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best in the field. The Orange County Corrections Department is considered one of the best Correctional organizations in the U.S. and I will utilize the lessons learned throughout my career to guide the organization to new heights.”