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December 23, 2011 > Rene G. Santiago appointed new Deputy County Executive

Rene G. Santiago appointed new Deputy County Executive

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson

County of Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith has announced the appointment of Rene G. Santiago as a new Deputy County Executive. Santiago, who will step into the new role on February 6, will be chiefly responsible for serving as the liaison and providing general direction to the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, including SCVMC, Public Health, Mental Health, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, Custody Health Services, Ambulatory Care and Community Health Services, Valley Health Plan and Community Outreach Services, and Finance. The position reports to the County Executive.

Santiago currently serves as deputy director/general manager for the County of San Diego's Health and Human Service Agency where he has led local efforts to expand healthcare coverage, improve access to care, and integrate services across the physical health, mental health, and social services continuum. He is the executive lead for health care reform initiatives and directly manages over $200 million in health and human services programs that employ nearly 1,000 staff members.

"My family and I are very excited to join the Santa Clara County community," said Santiago. "I'm looking forward to working with the excellent team at the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, Dr. Smith and the Board of Supervisors to improve the health status of residents in collaboration with our community partners."

Raised in East Los Angeles where his family relocated from Mexico, Mr. Santiago attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare Policy and Planning in 1984. He also attained dual Masters' degrees in City & Regional Planning and Health Policy and Administration from UC Berkeley in 1987. Years later, he attended the University of California Los Angeles for graduate doctoral work in Public Health.

Santiago will be relocating with his wife of nine years Yolanda and seven year old son Adrian. His starting salary will be $210,231.84.

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