The board of the Orange County Department of Education appointed former Santa Ana Unified Superintendent Al Mijares as new Superintendent on Thursday.
Mijares will take over for long-time educator William Habermehl, who said last month he’ll retire two years before the end of his term. The county superintendent position is an elected post, so Mijares will have to run when Habermehl’s term is up.
Habermehl said he was stepping down in part to give his successor the advantage of incumbency.
The board of education offered Mijares a $287,000 yearly salary — $34,000 less than his predecessor. As chief executive, Mirajes will oversee the agency’s job of certifying the fiscal solvency of Orange County’s 28 school districts.
The Department of Education also runs schools for troubled youth and provides teacher training.