Director and Executive Staff

Director’s Message

As Director of the Health & Human Services Agency in San Benito County, I want to thank you for visiting our web site. Our mission is to make this website as useful as possible. We enjoy living and working in a community that places a high value on working together to strengthen families and help lift people out of poverty.  Here at the Human Services Department, our passion is about the work we do with you to improve your circumstances and to help you get to a place where you can take care of yourself and your family.


The mission of Health & Human Services is to support and strengthen individuals and families by assuring safety, promoting self-sufficiency, eliminating poverty and improving the quality of life in our community. Please feel free to let us know how we are doing at HHSAfeedback@cosb.us.

James A Rydingsword, Director

Executive Staff Directory

James Rydingsword

Agency Director, Health and Human Services

Mr. Rydingsword brings over thirty years of experience as a Human Services Executive in California and Oregon including managing small to large organizations for welfare programs, child welfare services, mental health administration, and aging and disability services. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus on organizational change and development from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. [Full Bio…]

Deputy Directors


The Fiscal Unit is responsible for tracking revenue, processing payables and monitoring of all HHSA budget units. Monitoring also includes department contacts, grants, and grant recipients. Claims against State and Federal program allocations for cost reimbursement are also completed by this unit. [Read More…]

Staff Services

  • Identifies training needs and resources to meet those needs
  • Plans, creates and conducts in-house trainings
  • Creates training plans and calendars
  • Coordinates trainings with vendors and outside agency partners
  • Provides completion and compliance tracking and reports for all employees
  • AB 1825 and OSHA Compliance
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Health and Human Services Agency

1111 San Felipe Road
Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 630-5120


Mon-Fri  8AM – 5PM

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