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Staff Info

Paul Walters, Chief of Staff

Former Police Chief and City Manager Paul Walters is an expert on policy and management. Walters has managed many private and public agencies focusing on organizational efficiency through the implementation of leading-edge management principles and fiscally prudent policies. He has been written about extensively and has published a number of articles about community policing and innovations in the public sector.

He has served as a member and leader in many local, regional, and national management and public safety organizations including the International City/County Management Association, Chairman of the Orange County Regional Narcotics Suppression Program, and as a member of the FBI’s National Advisory Policy Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

From 1988 to 2011, Walters served as Police Chief for the City of Santa Ana, reducing the crime rate to its lowest in history. Also, Walters served as Chief Executive Officer-City Manager of the City of Santa Ana from 2011-2013 where he successfully led the city out of an impending bankruptcy.

Walters holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy, and a Juris Doctorate from the American College of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Fullerton.

Walters began his public service career with the United States Air Force (1966-1970) during the Vietnam War before joining the Santa Ana Police Department as an officer in 1971. Walters served in every rank in the police department before being appointed Chief of Police in 1988 after competing in a national recruitment process.

Walters advises the Supervisor on public safety, labor negotiations, ethics, and audit. Email Paul Walters at

Victor Cao, Policy Advisor

Victor Cao advises on issues related to OC Public Works, LAFCO, Real Estate, CEO’s Office, Public Finance, Audit, Water, Orange County Fire Authority, Dana Point Harbor, and Decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Prior to joining the Supervisor Bartlett’s staff, Victor managed government affairs on behalf of the residential development community. He has led a number of public policy initiatives related to land entitlement, workforce development, economic development, housing affordability, environmental sustainability, water, and transportation.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Email Victor Cao at

James Dinwiddie, Policy Advisor

James Dinwiddie III previously served as a Policy Advisor to the immediate past 5th District Supervisor and at the municipal level with the Anaheim City Manager’s Office. Mr. Dinwiddie is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach where he graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Geography. Mr. Dinwiddie is currently earning his Masters of Public Administration from the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach.

Mr. Dinwiddie advises on issues related to OC Parks, OC Waste & Recycling, CEO-Information Technologies, John Wayne Airport, OC Dana Point Harbor, Probation, Registrar of Voters, Assessor, Auditor-Controller, Clerk of the Board, Clerk-Recorder, and the Treasurer-Tax Collector. Email James at

Kelley Jimenez, Policy Advisor

Kelley Jimenez is a lifelong Orange County resident. She began her career in public service as an intern in the California State Assembly and rose in the ranks to become District Director. In addition, she formerly served in the Strategic Communications Department at the Orange County Transportation Authority. Kelley holds a Bachelors in Political Science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

She now represents Supervisor Bartlett as a Policy Advisor regarding the issues of: transportation, Orange County Transportation Authority, Transportation Corridor Agencies, CEO – legislation / grants, California State Association of Counties, National Association of Counties, Orange County Sanitation District, Urban County Caucus, OCPW Roads and human resources. Email Kelley at

Sara May, Policy Advisor

Sara advises on issues related to the Healthcare Agency, Social Services Agency and CalOptima. Email Sara at

Sergio Prince, Community Relations Advisor

Sergio advises on Board appointments, Human Relations Commission, Orange County Community Resources – Libraries and attends events throughout the District. Email Sergio at

Tanya Flink, Office Manager

Tanya Flink was born and raised in the 5th District. She traveled to the East Coast to pursue dual degrees in Political Communication and Theater Studies, though quickly realized that Orange County was the place she would always call home. She graduated in three and half years and immediately moved back to the 5th District where she began work for the State Assembly. She later joined Supervisor Bartlett’s campaign staff, and was thrilled to accept a position at the Board of Supervisors after a victorious election. Outside of the office, Tanya enjoys engaging in her local community, including frequenting farmers markets, teaching boot camp, and volunteering as a cast member in the Pageant of the Masters. Tanya handles constituent casework, scheduling, Orange County Community Resources Animal Care and Child Support Services for Supervisor Bartlett. Email Tanya at