About Mono County

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Wild by nature, Mono County is a destination that is full of adventure.  Set on the eastern slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Mono County is a rare environment of natural contrasts:  soaring granite peaks and spacious desert vistas, quiet lakes and bubbling hot springs, cold mountain streams, winter snows and sunny summer skies, rolling sagebrush hills and vibrant wildflower meadows.  “Mono” in Paiute means “beautiful”, which aptly describes this highly scenic area.  Mono County averages 108 miles in length reaching from the Alpine County and Nevada State borders in the north to the Inyo County border in the south.  The average width of the County is 38 miles.  Its land area is 3,028 square miles.  The population is 13,617. 

Best of all, this natural playground is matched with a complete range of amenities and activities making it an ideal place to get away from it all.  Enjoy fine shops and restaurants, snowboard or bike down mountain trails, fish for trout, hunt in mountain forests and meadows, relax in a soothing hot spring, or paddle a kayak along the shore of an ancient inland sea. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is the most populated area of Mono County and offers fine schools, dining and recreation.

Mono County officially became a county on April 24, 1861 and was the first of the mining counties to be organized as such on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  The County Seat is located in picturesque Bridgeport.  The beautiful and historic courthouse shown on the home page was built in 1881 and is the second oldest continuously used courthouse in California. 

The northern areas of the county include Topaz, Coleville and Walker, which offer a quiet and rural way of life, with shopping in nearby Gardnerville and Carson City, Nevada.  The southern areas of the county include:  Crowley Lake, Benton, Chalfant, June Lake, Lee Vining, and Mono City.

Mono County employs approximately 325 employees in over 100 job classifications.  We recruit to fill vacant positions as they occur, and we welcome your interest in joining our workforce.  Our people are our single greatest strength.  Our goal is to respect the contributions and values of one another and the County that we serve.  The contributions of our employees that work in all of our departments – public health, mental health, public works, community development, law enforcement, to name a few – makes a difference to our citizens.  Please see Mono County’s benefits for more information.