Michael Stock, an assistant human resources director for Riverside County, has been named to head the county Human Resources Department. Stock succeeds Barbara Olivier, who retires Monday (Dec. 2) after three-and-a-half years as director and 14 years working for the department.
County Executive Officer Jay Orr chose Stock from about 100 applicants from California and other states, a list that was narrowed to 20 before Orr made the selection. The appointment carries the title of assistant county executive officer/human resources director and takes effect Tuesday (Dec. 3).
In his current position, Stock has been responsible for managing 11 human resources divisions with approximately 135 employees. Those divisions include Risk Management, Workers' Compensation, Employee Assistance Services, and Employee Relations and Investigations/Labor Relations and Negotiations.
Stock came to the department in 2010 from Employers Compensation Insurance Company in Glendale, where he was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. He was responsible for legal operations for a group of four insurance companies and related entities. During six years at the company, he held various executive and corporate positions.
He served as a Riverside County deputy district attorney from 1991 to 1993 in the special prosecutions section, focusing on criminal and civil matters that included major fraud, white-collar crimes and insurance fraud.
A U.S. Marine Corps captain with assignments in infantry, logistics, maintenance management and embarkation, Stock was special staff officer at the battalion level command and a platoon leader. He was on active duty in 1991 during Desert Storm as a Marine Casualty Assistance Calling Officer assigned to the Inland Empire. Stock received his law degree from California Southern Law School in Riverside and a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University.
Stock, 57, has been married for over 33 years to his wife Rosy, a psychologist in Orange County. He has two grown children.