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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. 

Nancy Watt

 VACANT 

Asst. CEO

 

Minh Tran   

County Counsel

 

 

Dave Whitmer

Ag Commissioner    

Dave Whitmer has been the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner since 1994, and the County’s Sealer of Weights and Measures since 1995. A Napa County native, Dave has worked with the County since 1981. He began his tenure as an Agricultural Biologist and worked in many of the department programs, including pest detection, pest management, plant quarantine and pesticide law enforcement prior to being promoted to Deputy Agricultural Commissioner in 1986.

Dave is a past President of the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA) and most recently served CACASA as Chair of the Pesticide Regulatory Affairs Committee, and Chair of the Legislative Committee.

Dave has a B.S. in biology from California State University, Chico. He is active in Leadership Napa Valley, the Napa County delegation to the Great Wine Capitals Global Network and the Napa Local Food Council.

Dave Whitmer AgComm

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

Hillary Gitelman

Planning, Building and Environmental Services    

Hillary Gitelman has been Napa County’s planning director since January 2005. 

Prior to joining Napa County, Hillary served for four years as the planning director of the Presidio Trust, a federal agency charged with converting the Presidio of San Francisco into a national park. Prior to that, Hillary served as the environmental review officer for the City and County of San Francisco. At the Presidio, Hillary oversaw completion of the award-winning Presidio Trust Management Plan, and supervised a diverse staff of planners, landscape architects, archaeologists, ecologists and transportation specialists.  During her ten-year tenure with the City and County of San Francisco, Hillary conducted major environmental reviews for PacBell (now ATT) Park, the Mission Bay Redevelopment Project, the Mid-Embarcadero Roadway, the Third Street Light Rail Project, and many other private and public projects.

Hillary is a transplanted New Yorker, with degrees from Yale and Columbia. Her spare time is spent in a garden in Sebastopol, Sonoma County. 

 

CDPD Hillary Gitelman (Photo by Jeff Tangen)

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.

  

Len Vare

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. Mr. Lederer and his wife have a merged family of six children who enjoy activities such as skiing, hiking and bowling.

 

  

Napa County

Fire Chief

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Randy Snowden

Health and Human Services

Randolph F. Snowden became director of the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) in 2005.  He previously worked at HHSA from 1997 to 2003, first as the Behavioral Healthcare Manager for Adult Services and then as the Administrator of Alcohol and Drug Programs. 

Randy was originally trained as a lawyer and practiced business law for almost 15 years on the East Coast and in Napa, where his practice focused on real estate, agriculture and healthcare. Beginning in the late 1980s, he co-founded and served as the CEO of Adolescent Treatment Centers, Inc., which developed the Thunder Road chemical dependency recovery hospital and group home for addicted teenagers in Oakland, California. From 2003 until his current appointment, Randy was the founding program director for The Wolfe Center, an outpatient substance abuse prevention and treatment program for teenagers in Napa. 

Randy holds a Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degrees in English and Applied Behavioral Science from the University of California at Davis, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif legal honor society. He was also a writer and associate editor for the UCD Law Review.

Randy Snowden

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.

Danis Kreimeier

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.

 

Mary Butler

 Public Defender

 

 

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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Monica Cooper, UC Cooperative Extension

Monica Cooper is Farm Advisor-Viticulture, UC Cooperative Extension in Napa County. The UC Cooperative Extension service has a unique and pivotal role as the nexus between University of California researchers and Napa County residents and professionals. Monica conducts problem-solving research programs to address local viticulture issues, organizes and participates in educational events that provide current and critical information to members of the wine grape industry. Monica's educational training includes a B.S. degree in Biology from Washington and Lee University and a doctoral degree in plant protection and pest management from the University of Florida. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 1997-1999.

Monica Cooper