Kinuthia Mbugua was the first Governor for Nakuru County. He served between 2013 to 2017 when Lee Kinyanjui took over. After his tenure as Nakuru Governor, he was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as Statehouse comptroller.
Kinuthia Mbugua who has a degree from the University in Nairobi started his career as a DO in Marakwet before being posted to Molo.
Between 1981 to 1986, Kinuthia Mbugua was serving as the Chief Instructor at Administration Police Training Camp. He was later to serve as the APTC commandant from 1986.
In 1992, Kinuthia Mbugua served as the Deputy Provincial Commissioner in Western Kenya but was deployed to Nakuru as a DC until 1997. For the next two years, he served as Marugua DC up to September 1999. This is when he was posted to the Ministry of Natural Resources as a senior Deputy Secretary.
In 2003, Kinuthia Mbugua was appointed to serve as the Administration Police Commandant. He was to hold the position up to 2012 when he resigned to vie as the Nakuru Governor.