Summer 2014      |      Stephen P. Sands, Registrar      |      Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor


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CSLB Registrar Steve Sands to Retire After Distinguished Public Service Career

After more than three decades in public service – including 15 years of helping defend the integrity of the construction industry and protecting consumers – CSLB Registrar Steve Sands will retire at the end of this year.

Mr. Sands has been at the helm of CSLB since January 1, 2001. He announced his pending retirement at CSLB's April Board meeting in San Diego.

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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.

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.

"Steve has done a remarkable job, expertly guiding the Board through tumultuous budget times, including deep staff cuts," said former Board Chair Joan Hancock. "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.

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