Superintendent of Schools Announces Plan for Retirement

After 35 years in education, James A. Mousalimas will retire in June 2021

At its Oct. 21 meeting, the San Joaquin County Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution accepting the retirement of San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools James A. Mousalimas.  Elected San Joaquin County's 26th County Superintendent of Schools in 2014, Mousalimas has served many roles in education over his 35-year career and will continue leading the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) through June 30, 2021.

“I am thankful for the trust you have put in me to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools, and I am proud of the strides we have made to move education forward in San Joaquin County over these past six years,” said Mousalimas. “It has truly been an honor and a privilege.”

With the passing of the resolution, the Board of Education also unanimously approved the appointment of SJCOE Associate Superintendent of Student Programs and Services Troy A. Brown to replace Mousalimas as San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2021.

Serving students and improving schools have been Mousalimas’ life work. Before being elected as County Superintendent of Schools, Mousalimas served as a teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, coach, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent. In San Joaquin County, he worked at Tracy Unified School District before becoming the SJCOE assistant superintendent of County Operated Schools and Programs in 2008.

As County Superintendent of Schools, Mousalimas has remained committed to providing quality education, services and programs that support all children in San Joaquin County. Under his leadership, the SJCOE expanded services to the community through schools and programs such as the Discovery ChalleNGe Academy, Greater Valley Conservation Corps, Come Back Kids, Teachers College of San Joaquin, CodeStack Academy and the SJCOE STEM-focused FabLab.

"The decision to retire after 35 years in education was not an easy one.  However, it was made with much consideration and the confidence in knowing that the SJCOE will be in good hands under Troy Brown’s leadership," Mousalimas said. “He is a service-centered, forward-thinking leader who is thoughtful and deliberate in his decision-making – essential qualities for the next superintendent who will lead our organization forward."

Before joining the SJCOE in 2018, Brown served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, high school principal and the director of Student Services and Curriculum with Tracy Unified School District. 

For photos and the message Mousalimas sent to SJCOE staff, please visit


About the San Joaquin County Board of Education

The San Joaquin County Board of Education is the elected governing body of the San Joaquin County Office of Education. The five members of the San Joaquin County Board of Education each represent a geographic area of San Joaquin County. Members are elected into office and serve six-year terms. The Board approves the SJCOE annual budget and serves as an appeal board of such actions as interdistrict attendance requests, student expulsions and charter school petitions. The Board also serves as a county committee on school district organization that addresses changes in boundaries of school districts and areas represented by school district governing board members. 

About the San Joaquin County Office of Education

San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) provides educational leadership, resources, and services to support schools throughout the county. With its highly regarded programs, innovative staff, and community partnerships, SJCOE ensures that every student in San Joaquin County has the opportunity of a quality education. For more information, visit

Posted: 10/22/2020