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County Executive Office staff

Budget and Analysis   

Clerk of the Board and support staff 

Emergency and Risk Management

Public Information

Housing & Intergovernmental Affairs

Training and Organizational Development

 County Executive Officer Nancy Watt

(707) 253-4421

The County's chief administrative officer is a professional local government manager who is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Board of Supervisors, the County’s governing body. The County Code requires that the County Executive Officer be chosen on the basis of "knowledge and skills in public administration, demonstrated administrative ability, and knowledge of public budgeting, personnel, finance and organization." Nancy Watt has been the County Executive Officer since 2004.

Nancy Watt became the County Executive Officer after serving as the Assistant County Executive Officer since July 1999 and a Management Analyst since May 1997.  Prior to that time, she held various increasingly responsible positions in local government for the City of Napa and the Town of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; she also has been a planning consultant to several jurisdictions in California. Ms. Watt received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Public Administration in 1995 from Sonoma State University.

Asst. County Executive Officer Leanne Link

(707) 253-4406

The Assistant County Executive Officer assists the County Executive Officer in overseeing the day-to-day management of County operations, supervises the staff of the County Executive Office and acts on behalf of the County Executive Officer in her absence. Other responsibilities include:

  • Manage preparation and administration of County’s annual budget
  • Long-range fiscal planning
  • Facilities planning
  • Purchasing oversight

Leanne Link joined Napa County as the Assistant County Executive Officer in December 2013.  She previously worked in Shasta County for 16 years in various fiscal and administrative roles in County Administration and Public Health.  From 2007 to 2013, she was the Administrative Director for Shasta County’s Health and Human Services Agency, overseeing all business functions, including fiscal, contracts, compliance, and human resources.   Prior to working in Shasta County, she worked in the fiscal division of Sutter County Office of Education. Ms. Link holds a B.S. in Accountancy from National University.

Sarah Minahen, Executive Assistant

(707) 253-4424

Sarah Minahen provides administrative support to the CEO, the assistant CEO and the Board of Supervisors.

Budget and analysis staff (top)

Helene Franchi, principal management analyst

(707) 253-4820

Areas of responsibility:

  • Administrative and support services departments and issues
  • Employee retirement and benefits issues
  • Resort Improvement Districts

Helene Franchi has been an analyst in the County Executive Office since March 2000. She began her career with Napa County as the administrative assistant in the Probation Department, and also worked in the Public Works Department.

Ms. Franchi holds a B.A. in communication and English from the University of San Francisco.

Karen Collins, senior management analyst

(707) 259-8748

Area of responsibility:

  • Health and Human Services Agency and issues

Karen Collins has been a senior management analyst in the County Executive Office since March 2006. Ms. Collins began her County career in 1995 at the Napa County Airport in an administrative role. With the passage of the ½% flood protection sales tax measure in 1998 she moved to a position with the Flood Control District, managing the clerical and finance functions.

Ms. Collins holds an A.S. in Accounting from International Business College in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and a B.S. in Management from Pacific Union College in Angwin.

Molly Rattigan, senior management analyst

(707) 253-4112

Areas of responsibility:

  • Community resources and infrastructure departments and issues
  • Budget Performance Measurement
  • Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District

Molly Rattigan has been with Napa County since June 2004, and became a management analyst in the County Executive Office in November 2006. She previously worked for the Sacramento County Children’s Coalition.

Ms. Rattigan has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Sonoma State University and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State. She currently serves as Vice President of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California.

Liz Habkirk, senior management analyst

(707) 253-4826

Areas of responsibility:

  • Criminal justice and public safety departments and issues
  • Grand Jury coordination

Liz Habkirk has been with Napa County since February 2011.  She previously worked for the City of Reno in the City Manager's Office. Ms. Habkirk has a bachelor's degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

David Lovell, criminal justice analyst

(707) 253-6170

The criminal justice analyst develops evidence-based criminal justice programs and policies, with a particular focus on the Adult Correctional System Master Plan. Activities are coordinated with the Senior Management Analyst for criminal justice, the Assistant County Executive Officer, and the Criminal Justice Committee.

David Lovell has served as Criminal Justice Analyst at Napa County since February 2011.  Before coming to Napa, as a faculty member at the University of Washington, he conducted research, policy analysis and program evaluation with the Washington Department of Corrections and other state agencies; he also filled several leadership roles including Chair of the Faculty Senate.

Mr. Lovell holds a B.A. from Carleton College, a  Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.S.W. from the University of Washington.

Patti DeWeese, staff services analyst

(707) 253-4197

Area of responsibility: Coordinates the production of the County’s Recommended and Final budget documents and supports the Office of Emergency Services’ various programs.

Patti DeWeese joined the County Executive’s Office in April 1991 and has been the CEO’s staff services analyst since 2002.

Clerk of the Board and support staff (top)

Clerk of the Board Gladys Coil

(707) 253-4196

Gladys Coil has been Napa County’s administrative manager/clerk of the board since February 2007. She has been with the County since 1996, most recently as staff services analyst II in the County's Public Works Department and previously as supervising office assistant for the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and senior office assistant and legal clerk with the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency.  Ms. Coil has a bachelor’s degree with honors in Management from St. Mary's College of California.

Karita Prescott, deputy clerk of the board

(707) 253-4423

Karita Prescott has been with the County of Napa since March 1998. Her responsibilities include managing the Board of Supervisors agenda and agenda packets; serving as alternate clerk for Board meetings; coordinating public hearing notifications; processing appeals; and acting as secretary for the Board of Equalization responsible for administrative details of assessment appeals. 

Wendi Talley, board clerk I

(707) 253-1515

Wendi Talley joined the County of Napa as Board Clerk I in March 2013.  Wendi worked as the CFO's assistant at Springfield Public Schools in Illinois and previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Ms. Talley has an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC and a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Illinois at Springfield.  Her responsibilities include Board of Supervisors agenda, serving as alternate clerk for Board meetings, coordinating public hearing notifications and assist with assessment appeals and Board of Equalization appeals.

 Nadine Willoughby, administrative support technician

(707) 253-4595

Nadine Willoughby has been with the CEO’s office since October 1999.  Her current responsibilities include coordination of 43 Committees and Commissions that report to the Board of Supervisors, administrative support to the Clerk of the Board and department accounting functions.

Araceli Flores, administrative support technician (se habla Español)

(707) 259-5903

Araceli Flores has been the Secretary for Community & Intergovernmental Affairs (CIA) since August 2007, and is now part of Clerk of the Board since April 2009. Prior to joining the County, she worked at St. Helena Hospital.

Emergency, Risk Management and safety staff (top)

Kerry Whitney, Emergency Services and Risk Management manager

(707) 253-4821

Kerry Whitney has been Napa County’s risk manager since June 2006.  He manages the County’s comprehensive risk management program, including coordinating the County’s liability claims program, managing the County’s safety program, contract review and risk transfer, and determining insurance coverages (liability and property) for all County departments, properties, vehicles and equipment. Prior to joining the County, Kerry spent more than 24 years as a liability claims manager for George Hills Company, Inc., handling claims for public entities, JPIA pools and various insurance carriers. He also was the risk manager for the City of Fairfield for approximately two (2) years.

Mr. Whitney holds a B.A. degree in social ecology, with a social science emphasis, from the University of California at Irvine.

Steve Hackett, Safety officer

(707) 259-8744

Steve Hackett has been Napa County’s safety officer since March of 2006, and became a permanent employee in March 2007. He monitors the County’s Occupational Safety program in accordance with state and federal regulations, identifies unsafe work practices and provides assistance to the emergency services and risk managers. Steve’s background is in the Fire Service. He has been a firefighter for the City of Napa and in 2005 completed a 29 year career with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He was a member of NIHIT, Napa County’s Hazmat team for 17 years; a disaster coordinator for the American Red Cross (Silverado–Napa Chapter) and a haz-mat instructor for both the private and public sectors.

Mr. Hackett has an undergraduate degree in political science-public service from UC Davis and a masters degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco.

Kevin Twohey, Emergency Services officer

(707) 299-1892

Areas of responsibility:

  • Coordinate the services of the County’s long range emergency preparedness program
  • Plan, implement, coordinate and direct area-wide Emergency Services Programs
  • Maintain Napa County’s Emergency Operations Plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Administer and coordinate emergency preparedness training, education, and public information programs

Kevin has been the Emergency Services Officer in the Emergency Services Division of the County Executive Office since May 2010. His career in Emergency Services began with the St. Helena Fire Department, where he retired as Chief in January 2010. 

Public Information(top)

Elizabeth Emmett, public information officer

(707) 253-4111

Elizabeth Emmett has been Napa County’s Public Information Officer since February 2007, and is responsible for overseeing internal and external communications. Prior to joining the County, she spent nearly 12 years in public information positions at Sonoma County Water Agency and Santa Clara Valley Water District. She also worked as a senior project manager for CirclePoint, a public outreach and communications consulting firm.

Ms. Emmett holds a B.S. in journalism, with an emphasis in public relations, from Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Housing & Intergovernmental Affairs (HIA)(top)

Larry Florin, Community and Intergovernmental Affairs manager

(707) 253-4621

Larry Florin is the director of housing for the County, and is responsible for the Affordable Housing Programs, including the farmworker housing centers and the Affordable Housing Fund. He also manages the Special Projects Fund and government relations. He manages the legislative agenda as well as relations with the County's cities and town.

Mr. Florin joined the County in 2009 following a varied career in both the public and private sectors. He served as the executive director of the Treasure Island Development Authority and as deputy director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. He also served as the director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of San Francisco and chief of staff to the president of the Board of Supervisors. He was a division president for Lennar Urban, a national public homebuilding company, and started his own development company, Mariposa Property.

Mr. Florin has a master's degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in economics from the State University of New York.

Nancy Johnson, Housing and Community Development program manager

(707) 299-1352

Nancy Johnson has been Napa County’s Housing and Community Development Program Manager since July 2007, and is responsible for management of the County’s three migrant farm worker centers and other affordable housing programs. Prior to joining the Community and Intergovernmental Affairs Division, Johnson was principal planner with the County and previously served as an associate planner with the City of American Canyon as well as project manager with Napa Valley Community Housing.

Ms. Johnson holds a B.S. in Environmental Design and Planning from Western Washington University in Bellingham and is currently working on her Masters degree.

Nancy McDonnell, Staff Services Analyst II

(707) 253-4825

Areas of responsibility:

  • Special Projects Fund
  • Affordable Housing
  • Worker Proximity Loan Program
  • Legislative Platform
  • Risk Management/Liability Insurance

Ms. McDonnell has been a staff services analyst II in the Napa County Executive Office since August 2011. Prior to joining the County, she spent seven years working in municipal government in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

Ms. McDonnell holds a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

JoAnn Melgar, staff assistant to the Board of Supervisors 

(707) 299-1478

JoAnn Melgar has been a staff assistant to the Board of Supervisors since June 2008. She works closely with Supervisors Brad Wagenknecht and Diane Dillon, assisting them to help resolve constituent problems and organizing community meetings to address specific community concerns.

Before joining Napa County, Ms. Melgar worked as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee, Wis. She has a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.A. from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Michael Karath, staff assistant to the Board of Supervisors

(707) 299-1477

Michael Karath has served as a staff assistant to the Napa County Board  of Supervisors since January 2008. He is responsible for helping supervisors Mark Luce, Bill Dodd and Keith Caldwell with constituent services and policy issues. Mr. Karath also assists the CIA manager with administering the County's legislative platform. Prior to joining the County, Mr. Karath worked as chief of staff to Massachusetts State Rep. Demetrius J. Atsalis in the House of Representatives. He also worked as a journalist and editorial writer for the Cape Cod Times newspaper in Hyannis, Mass.

Mr. Karath earned a B.M. (Bachelor of Music) degree in jazz composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. He also earned an M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass.

Training and Organizational Development staff (top)

Barbara Otis, training and organizational development officer

(707) 253-4477

Barbara Otis joined Napa County in February 2009.  She has more than 20 years of training and organizational development experience. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Dominican University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. Barbara is a member of BAODN (Bay Area Organizational Development Network), OD Network (National Organizational Development Network), ASTD (American Standards for Training and Development), ASQ (American Standards for Quality) and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco (Speakers Bureau).