Department of Health Services Interim Director

Published:  September 21, 2016

On September 20, 2016, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Barbie Robinson as the Department of Health Services Interim Director. Ms. Robinson has served as Assistant Director with the Department, which consists of approximately 600 employees and a budget of $246 million, since February, 2016.

Barbie Robinson 300x448“Ms. Robinson is extremely qualified to fill this position and we look forward to working with her closely in this new role,” commented Board of Supervisors Chairman Efren Carrillo. “The Department of Health Services, provides critical services to protect and improve the health and well-being of all of our residents, and we are confident in Ms. Robinson’s experience to help lead the Department.”

Ms. Robinson has over 20 years of experience as a health administrator, including a successful career with the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finishing her career there as an Associate Regional Administrator before she joined the County. In addition to being a member of the State Bar of California, Ms. Robinson has a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University of Public Policy, a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University School of Law, and B.A.s in Political Science, Spanish and International Sociology from Middlebury College.

“It is an honor and a privilege to step into the Department of Health Services Interim Director role,” said Ms. Robinson. “I’m thrilled to apply my prior experience at the federal level to our local efforts and have full confidence in our DHS Leadership Team to spearhead the wide range activities of DHS, from providing critical public health and behavioral health services, to supporting innovative strategies and partnerships addressing health disparities. I am fully committed to ensuring continued agency excellence in serving our community.”

The Department of Health Services, in partnership with the local health system, provides a wide range of services designed to protect, promote, and achieve healthy individuals, families, and communities. These services support community health and safety, emergency medical preparedness, disease control, behavioral health, and clinical services.

The Board will consider the recruitment process for a permanent appointment in January, 2017.