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Amy Brown Named Director of Agriculture and Environmental Management for Santa Clara County




SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—Today the County of Santa Clara announced the appointment of Amy Brown as Director of Agriculture and Environmental Management.  The San Jose resident has a public service career that spans 13 years and currently serves as City Manager of Campbell, California.

“We’re fortunate to have Brown become a part of our executive management team,” said Jeffrey V. Smith, County Executive.  “Both her management and legal experience will be assets to the department.” 
For the past year, Brown has managed the day-to-day operations of the City of Campbell, which has 40,000 residents, 151 full-time employees, and $49.5 million combined budget.  Before coming to Campbell, she worked for more than 12 years at the City and County of San Francisco in various positions, including serving during her final year as Acting City Administrator (a position that also serves as the County Executive Officer).  For nearly three years she served as San Francisco’s Deputy City Administrator, six and one-half years as Deputy City Attorney, and four and a half years as Director of Real Estate
“I look forward to joining the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Management team and to working on the many important issues and exciting opportunities facing the County to better the health and safety of all our residents,” said Brown.  “I am excited to get to work on issues such as food safety, sustainability, and animal welfare.” 
Brown also was in private legal practice for several years.  Her practice included representation of several public agencies. She is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA); Women Leading Government; and San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR).
She holds Bachelor degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kansas (1986) and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1990). 
Forty-eight year-old Brown has lived in California for 25 years.  She is married (since 2008) to her partner of 20 years, Lisa White.  They have three dogs, one of whom is a rescue dog.
Brown’s appointment as Director of Agriculture and Environmental Management is effective March 1, 2013 and she will be paid $174,814 annually.  She replaces Kevin O’Day who retired from the position in October, 2012.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119
Posted: January 25, 2013