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California Telehealth Network CEO tapped as new Washoe County manager


Washoe County Manager Eric Brown. Image: Washoe County.

Washoe County commissioners on Tuesday hired the president and chief executive officer of California Telehealth Network as the new manager.

Eric Brown had been working with the Sacramento-based nonprofit since 2010. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from University of California, Los Angeles and a masters in business administration from the University of Virginia.

According to Brown’s resume, he helped develop California Telehealth Network into the largest FCC-funded statewide telehealth network in the United States serving more than 300 clinics and hospitals in rural areas and underserved urban communities.

He was preciously executive vice president of WealthTV in San Diego and had held posts at the Africa Chanel, Charter Communications, and Time Warner Cable.

Brown was selected over Assistant Washoe County Manager Kate Thomas and Jon Hager, director of planning and performance for Hometown Health in Reno.

“I look forward to serving you and the citizens of Washoe County,” Brown told commissioners.

Former County Manager John Slaughter retired in June. He had held the position for the previous five years after serving since 1986 in various capacities. Assistant County Manager David Solaro had been filling the managerial role in the interim.

County human resources staff began recruiting candidates in April before partnering with search firm Rocklin, Calif.-based Andersen & Associates. Recruitment closed in mid August.

Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.