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Executive Staff

 
     

Nancy Watt

CEO

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. 

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 Leanne Link 

Asst. CEO

 

Minh Tran   

County Counsel

 

 Minh Tran

Greg Clark 

Ag Commissioner    

 

 

Tracy Schulze

Auditor-Controller

Tracy Schulze has been with Napa County since April 2007, when she was hired as the Assistant Auditor-Controller. Tracy was appointed Auditor-Controller by the Board of Supervisors in January 2009 and was elected to the post for the first time in June 2010. Tracy has a B.S. in Accounting from Carroll College, Wisconsin; is a Certified Public Accountant in both Wisconsin and California; and has more than 15 years of management level accounting experience. Prior to her current position, previous employment included working for non-profit organizations and serving as the controller for Walworth County, Wisc. Always striving to make a positive difference, Tracy is looking forward to serving the residents of Napa County for many years to come.

Tracy Schulze

David Morrison

Planning, Building and Environmental Services    

 

 

David Morrison

Lenard Vare

Corrections

Lenard Vare has been the director of the Napa County Department of Corrections since August 2008. Prior to his appointment with Napa County, Mr. Vare served for five years as a warden with the Nevada Department of Corrections, where he was responsible for the operations of three state prisons and supervised a diverse staff of correctional personnel, criminal investigators, social workers, and medical and mental health staff. In 2006, Lenard opened a youthful offender correctional facility in Southern Nevada, the first specialized prison designed especially for gang members under the age of 25 with focus on programming and rehabilitation. Lenard also served as the first warden of the new medium custody High Desert State Prison outside Las Vegas. He supervised the operation of two transitional centers, which prepared inmates for release from prison through employment and training. He also served as a lieutenant over the operation of inmate fire camps which provided training in wild land fire-fighting. During his fourteen-year tenure with Nevada Department of Corrections, he was involved in many projects including serving as the department's liaison to the Governor's office, supervising the fugitive recovery team, creating and implementing POST training courses, handling internal affairs investigations, and leading staff recruitment efforts.

Lenard holds a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a masters degree in Justice Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.

  

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John Tuteur

Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk and

Registrar of Voters

John Tuteur was elected in June 2010 for a fourth term as Napa County’s Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk.  He served for 11 years as County Assessor prior to the January 1998 consolidation of the offices. Mr. Tuteur's earlier public service included two terms as Napa County Supervisor, from 1973 to 1980. 

John lives with his wife, Vee, and the third and fourth generations of ranchers on the cattle ranch that the family has owned and managed since 1951. Mr. Tuteur holds degrees from Yale University and UC Berkeley and has taught at the community college level. 

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Gary Lieberstein

District Attorney

Gary Lieberstein was first elected Napa County District Attorney in 1998 and was re-elected to his fourth term in 2010. He attended UCLA and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1976.  Lieberstein received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1979.

Following three years in private practice, Lieberstein began his prosecution career as a deputy district attorney in Napa County in 1985.  During his 13 years as a line prosecutor, Lieberstein handled more than 250 jury trials of every nature of crime, from driving under the influence to murder.

Lieberstein is past chair of the Napa County Gang and Youth Violence Prevention Commission and Chair of the Napa County Child Abuse Prevention Council.  Additionally, Lieberstein serves as a Governor’s appointee to the California Sexual Offender Management Board, is a Vice-President of the National District Attorneys Association and Co-Chair of the National Victim’s Advocacy Committee and is a Past President of the California District Attorneys Association.

Gary Lieberstein

Steve Lederer

Public Works

Steve Lederer has been Napa County’s director of environmental management since July 2006. From 2001 until 2006, Steve was deputy planning director in the Conservation, Development and Planning Department, responsible for the permitting section. Mr. Lederer worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo from 1982-1993, first as a project engineer, then as the Head of Nuclear Test Engineering. After leaving Mare Island, Mr. Lederer joined Harding Lawson Associates, a civil, planning and environmental consulting firm, where he was the manager of the Water Resources and Engineering Group. Mr. Lederer was born and raised in New York, but has lived in Napa County since 1982. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.  

 Steve Lederer

Scott Upton

Napa County

Fire Chief

Information coming soon

  Scott Upton

Howard Himes 

Health and Human Services

 

Howard Himes

Danis Kreimeier

Librarian

Danis Kreimeier has been the director of Library Services since January 2008. Prior to joining Napa County, Danis served as director to the Yorba Linda Public Library, and prior to that as assistant director at both the Yorba Linda Public Library and Alhambra Public Library. Danis started her career as a Children’s Librarian and served on the California Young Reader Committee, which promotes recreational reading to children throughout California. More than half a million children vote each year for their favorite book. While on the committee, Danis read more than 500 books during a three-month period. She also served on the Beatty Award Committee, which honors the best book for children about California written that year. Danis was president of the California Library Association in 2005, and is the 2010 president of the California County Librarian’s Association.

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Mary Butler

Probation

Chief Probation Office Mary Butler has been with the County since 1985, and supervised the adult mental health services and child welfare divisions of the Health and Human Services Department before spending five years managing the entire mental health division and child protective services. She was appointed to the chief probation position in November 2002.

Butler is a licensed marriage-family therapist and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Sonoma State University.

A native of Michigan, Butler and her husband, Jeff, are Napa County residents.

 

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Ron Abernethy

Public Defender

 

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John Robertson

Sheriff

Sheriff John Robertson started his law enforcement career with the San Mateo, (California) Police Department in 1981. He moved to the Napa Sheriff's Office in 1991, where he worked his way through the ranks and was appointed Sheriff by the Napa County Board of Supervisors, on April 6, 2012. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Academy, Leadership Napa Valley and the Senior Management Institute for Police. (SMIP - Boston, Mass.He is a member of the California State Sheriff's Association, California Peace Officers Association, Police Executive Research Forum and Leadership Napa Valley. Sheriff Robertson is the Sheriff-Coroner and premier law enforcement official in Napa County.  He has the ultimate responsibility for overseeing the Coroner's Office, Field Operations and Service Division's of the Sheriff's Office.     

  Sheriff John Robertson

Tamie Frasier

Treasurer-Tax Collector

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Janet Nottley

Child Support Services

Janet Nottley has been the director of Napa County’s Department of Child Support since February 2008. She began child support as a Deputy District Attorney with the County of San Diego, Department of Child Support in 1996. During her time with San Diego, she was chosen to work towards bringing child support automation statewide. In San Diego, she oversaw the development of San Diego’s system and acted as the consortia manager for the San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County automation consortia. Most recently, she spent three years at the State Department of Child Support representing California’s 58 counties on development and successful implementation of the statewide child support system.

Janet holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from San Diego State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego.

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David Lewis,

UC Cooperative Extension