The leader of the one independent, nonpartisan place for state budget and fiscal information says she will step down later this year after 32 years of state service.
Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill released a short notice this morning announcing her retirement, which will take effect at the end of the current legislative session. Hill has served as the top analyst for 22 years and is only the fourth person in that job since 1941.
Hill is one of the most widely respected voices on California public policy issues. And those of us in the press corps trust her and her staff to provide the only true "non-spin" information about what's going on under the state Capitol dome. No word yet on who will replace Liz Hill; the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will now conduct a search for her replacement.
Size wise, her shoes may be easy to fill... reputation wise, it will be much tougher.
Update: The reactions are starting to come in...
"Her thoughtful, non-partisan stewardship of the Legislative Analyst’s Office is an example of public service at its best." -- Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez