Nevada County Health and Human Services director accepts Placer County post |

Nevada County Health and Human Services director accepts Placer County post

Nevada County’s award-winning director of one of the local government’s largest and most vital agencies has accepted a job in Placer County and will resign his post effective Dec. 27.

Jeff Brown heads the Health and Human Services Agency, which has a $62.5 million budget and includes Behavioral Health, Child Support Services, Public Health, Social Services and the Veterans Service Office.

Brown has been publicly active in recent weeks as his department has grappled with the high profile problems that have afflicted the national, state and local roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. In late October, Brown said the system that has been lambasted by pundits and everyday citizens has been comparatively free of glitches in California as managed by Covered California. The statement has been bolstered by the numbers, as California has seen an increase in enrollment throughout the early period of November.

“(Jeff) has provided strong leadership during a time of declining resources and increased caseload,” County Executive Officer Rick Haffey wrote in his weekly memo. “I believe his greatest contribution has been his ability to build community partnerships to find service solutions to complex problems.”

Brown served as the director of the agency for eight and a half years.

“While I am excited about my new professional opportunity, this decision has been a difficult one for me,” Brown wrote in his formal resignation letter. “I will always be appreciative of the relationships and systems that we have built locally to better serve our community.”

Brown said he is committed to working with department heads and members of the executive office to ensure that the community’s critical needs continue to be addressed.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call 530-477-4239.

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