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Merced County names Cardella-Presto as auditor-controller

Lisa Cardella-Presto, a certified public accountant and Merced native, will take over as Merced County’s auditor-controller in January, the Board of Supervisors decided this week.

Cardella-Presto, 35, will replace Stephen Jones as the county’s top financial officer. Jones announced plans earlier this year to retire mid-term in January.

Cardella-Presto will finish his term, which ends in 2010. If she wants to keep the job past then, she will have to win the position in an election.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Cardella-Presto, who has taught accounting at Merced College since 2006.