Come Fall, Butte County will have to find a new Chief Administrative Officer, after Paul Hahn announced his plan to retire.
"It was a leap of faith ... the last 7 years have been probably the highlight of my career," said Hahn.
Paul Hahn took on the role of Butte County Chief Administrative Officer in 2010, during the worst recession the country's seen since the depression.
"He seemed like someone who could get along with 5 diverse personalities and get us through a tough economic time," said Butte County Supervisor Bill Connelly.
And it turned out to be a smart move.
"We've been able to stabilize the county's financial situation, short term fixes but also able to restore services," said Hahn.
During Hahn's time as CAO, the county's reserves have been built back up; library hours were restored, and most recently, the county now has labor agreements with all of it's 16 unions.
Hahn says one of his prouder accomplishments is having promoted economic growth within the cities.
"We now have become more sensitive to helping businesses come here as a place to invest, a place to grow," said Hahn.
As for any unfinished business?
"Finding a solution for marijuana .. That's one we're still working on and will continue to work on past my retirement," said Hahn.
By Fall, the board has to find someone to fill Hahn's shoes - and it won't be easy.
"He and I bumped heads a few times, and you know what? Sometimes he was right," said Connelly.
But Hahn will still be around.
"Probably the thing I'm looking forward to the most in not having my phone, email .. we're still going to be in the community and just doing the things you can't do when you're working all the time," said Hahn.
Hahn also says he feels that some good will actually come of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis, in terms of getting the DWR to take some more responsibility when it comes to maintenance, and their financial obligations regarding the dam.More