BREAKING NEWS! ~ CSLB Registrar of Contractors Announces Upcoming Retirement ~ FINALLY!
This has been a long time coming. Steve Sands has decided to step down at year’s end after leading the Contractors State License Board since 2001. It has long been thought that Mr. Sands has just been “phoning it in” over the last several years. The fact that his employees seem to be running the show is a testament to his lack of leadership.
SACRAMENTO — Steve Sands, who’s been at the helm of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) since January 1, 2001, has announced his plan to retire at the end of the year. Mr. Sands made the announcement at CSLB’s quarterly Board meeting, held yesterday, April 24, in San Diego.
As Registrar of Contractors, Mr. Sands serves as the CSLB executive officer and oversees a $60 million budget and more than 400 employees at CSLB headquarters in Sacramento and 10 other offices around the state.
Under Mr. Sands’ leadership, CSLB has been recognized as a leader in proactive enforcement programs and partnerships with state and local agencies that help curb the underground economy. CSLB’s Licensing, Examination, Enforcement, and Public Affairs programs have been used as models for the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) and other agencies within the Department of Consumer Affairs.
“Steve has done a remarkable job, expertly guiding the Board through tumultuous budget times, including deep staff cuts,” said Board Chair Joan Hancock. “He’s always made consumer protection his top priority, while also working to protect the integrity of the state’s construction industry. He’s going to leave some very big shoes to fill.”
Prior to coming to CSLB, Mr. Sands was Executive Officer of the California Architects Board from 1986-2000. From 1978-1986, he worked in the Department of Consumer Affairs Executive and Legislative Offices.
I worked for Mr. Sands at the Architects Board and remember a day when I was walking through the office as Mr. Sands was walking towards me when he said Hello. I turned to look behind me to see who he was talking to because he wasn’t the most social person, unless you were wearing a skirt that is. I was surprised that no one was behind me and shocked that he was actually speaking to me. I had been working there for almost a year and didn’t believe he was speaking to me. Keep in mind this office only had about twenty employees, so it wasn’t like I was tucked in some far corner never to be seen. After he came to the CSLB, some the female employee’s that worked for him at the Architects Board followed him to the CSLB. I wasn’t surprised.
So the day is finally coming. We have another eight months before his departure, and hopefully the new Registrar will be more of a leader and less of a political figure head. And with any luck, that person will fix the disaster that is Karen Robinson, Betsy Figueira, Rick Villucci, and Andrea Sisto!