Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Harry Sidhu
Posted by Chris Emami on April 2, 2013
1:03 PM- Just got back from lunch near the Hall of Administration with a friend of the blog Allan Bartlett who is also sending tweets from the meeting. Now onto the interview that most people are interested in seeing (Harry Sidhu), how will Shawn react?
1:07 PM- Supervisor Spitzer gave a shout-out to the blog. I knew I liked that guy.
1:09 PM- We are now back. For his introduction Sidhu talked about his reasons for seeking the appointment for Orange County Clerk-Recorder.
1:11 PM- The building that was purchased to house the County Archives is a major concern that he has for this position. His experience as a businessman was brought up along with amount of skills that it takes to run as many restaurants as he did. He talked of running government more like a business.
1:14 PM- Sidhu also mentioned that he has been a real estate broker for over 25 years and also over 30 years as an engineer. His ability to get elected to office was also talked about.
1:17 PM- He talked about helping to integrate software in the City of Anaheim with that of the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder as a Councilmember.
1:20 PM- Supervisor Nguyen asked about his intentions to run. Sidhu answered that he would run although he did see a possibility of running against the appointee if he was not selected.
1:21 PM- Supervisor Nelson asked about running for higher office. Sidhu said that he is not intending to run for any other office.
1:22 PM- Supervisor Spitzer was intrigued by the thought that it was interesting that Sidhu would run if not the appointee. Sidhu said that the performance of the Clerk-Recorder will dictate what he decides to do if he is not the appointee.
1:24 PM- Supervisor Bates asked about the issue of financial management. Sidhu responded that his background in land development, real estate, and local government have given him the knowledge that he needs to manage the office with no problems.
1:26 PM- He talks about his 4 years that he spent on the Anaheim Budget Commission as another experience that he has had in finance.
1:28 PM- Supervisor Moorlach asked his series of questions:
1) Are you receiving a public pension?
2) What is your highest level of education?
A Bachelor’s from Drexel.
3) Have you been involved in litigation with the County of Orange?
4) Have you ever been subject to any political investigation?
5) Have you run for office before? If so, how many times and for what offices?
Awkward moment when he stated that he ran for State Senate and Orange County Supervisor.
6) Do you believe that the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder needs satellite offices?
Lastly, he talked about the potential for expanding the number of satellite offices.
1:31 PM- Supervisor Nelson asked about his top goals as Clerk-Recorder. Sidhu talked about streamlining the processes in the office of OC Clerk-Recorder and advancing technology.
1:35 PM- Spitzer asked the marriage question. Sidhu stated that he believes in traditional marriage but recognizes that the Supreme Court is making a decision and he will implement whatever they decide.
1:37 PM- Spitzer asked about the Jordan Brandman contract and what he would do. Sidhu stated that the contracts need to be more clear in the way they are crafted. He seemed to hint that he was not impressed by the Brandman Report although he had only seen the draft of it.
1:41 PM- In closing, Sidhu talked about running many successful businesses and how he can translate this to an excellent job he would do as a Clerk-Recorder. Love him or hate him he has a great personal story coming to this country at 18 years old and getting his first job cleaning toilets, getting an education, and parlaying that into a successful business career.
1:44 PM- Nelson deserves some major kudos as he was professional and kept that super classy.