Budget and Analysis
Clerk of the Board and support staff
Emergency and Risk Management
Housing & Intergovernmental Affairs
Training and Organizational Development
County Executive Officer Leanne Link
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." Leanne Link has been the County Executive Officer since August 2016.
Leanne Link became the County Executive Officer after serving as the Assistant County Executive Officer beginning in December 2013. Prior to joining Napa County, she held various increasingly responsible management positions in Shasta County, most recently as the Administrative Director of the Health and Human Services Agency. Over the past 10 years, she has served on a number of statewide committees focused on improving government services, particularly in the areas of finance and human resources. Ms. Link has a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from National University.
Assistant County Executive Officer Alice Hughey
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:
Alice Hughey joined Napa County in 2001 as a Management Analyst in the County Executive Office. In 2003, she became the Chief Fiscal Officer for the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and in 2011 the HHSA Assistant Director. Since then, she also served as the Interim HHSA Director and the Interim Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining Napa County, she held a variety of policy, program and budget management positions with national organizations in Washington, DC and Chicago, IL, including the Congressional Budget Office and the American Bar Association. Ms. Hughey holds a Master's degree in International Relations from John Hopkins University.
Sarah Minahen, Executive Assistant
Sarah Minahen has been with Napa County since October 2010. She was previously employed with the Napa County Planning, Building and Environmental Services department as an Administrative Secretary II and an Office Assistant II. Her responsibilities include administrative support to the County Executive Officer, Assistant County Executive Officer and members of the Board of Supervisors. Prior to coming to the County, Sarah worked in the legal field in both the public and private sectors as a legal assistant for 15 years.
Helene Franchi, Deputy County Executive Officer
Areas of responsibility:
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 Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and English from the University of San Francisco.
Molly Rattigan, Deputy County Executive Officer
Areas of responsibility:
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.
Bret Prebula, Senior Management Analyst
Prebula has been with Napa County since 2008. He started his career with the
County as a Staff Services Analyst and has promoted to positions of increasing
responsibility, most recently as the Administrative Manager for the Corrections
Department prior to joining the County Executive Office as a Senior Management
Analyst. Bret holds both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Business
Carlos Solorio, Management Analyst (se habla español)
Appropriation for Contingencies
Deferred Compensation Board
Organizational Training and Development
Special Projects (Parks & Open Space, Arts and Culture, Visitor Management)
Carlos Solorio joined Napa County in 2008, at the Health and Human Services Agency, followed by Public Works, and joined the County Executive Office in 2015. Carlos is a graduate from UC Davis with a Bachelor's in Political Science - Public Service, and a minor in Spanish.
Clerk of the Board Gladys Coil
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 a Staff Services Analyst II in the County's Public Works Department and previously as a Supervising Office Assistant for the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and a 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
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.
Greg Morgan, Board Clerk II
Greg Morgan has been with the County Executive Office since May 2014 and with the County since 1999, most recently as a Supervising Office Assistant for the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and previously as an Office Assistant II for the Napa County Treasurer-Tax Collector. His responsibilities include assisting with the production and distribution of the Board of Supervisors agenda and agenda packets; serving as alternate clerk for Board meetings and processing approved Board documents.
Araceli Flores, Administrative Support Technician (se habla español)
Araceli Flores has been with Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs (HIA) since 2007; she used to be the Secretary and is now the Administrative Support Technician. Her responsibilities include support to HIA, Napa County Housing Authority and Affordable Housing; clerking Housing Commission, Napa Valley Tourism Improvement District and Arts Committee meetings; and performing departmental accounting functions. Prior to joining the County, Araceli worked at St. Helena Hospital.
Kerry John Whitney, Risk and Emergency Services Manager
Kerry John Whitney has been Napa County’s Risk and Emergency Services 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 years.
Mr. Whitney holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Ecology, with a social science emphasis, from the University of California at Irvine.
Kevin Twohey, Emergency Services Officer
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.
Dave Peters, Safety Officer
Dave retired after 30 years of service with the U.S. Navy and is a former paramedic, helicopter rescue swimmer and Command Master Chief. His previous position was as an Occupational Safety and Health Program Manager in Naples, Italy. Mr. Peters graduated summa cum laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with an undergraduate degree in Technical Management.
Sandra Hage, Administrative Support Technician
Sandra Hage has been with Napa County since October 2012. Her responsibilities include administrative support to the Risk and Emergency Services Manager, processing workers' compensation claims and assisting with Napa County's Proximity Housing Program. Prior to coming to the County, Sandra worked for a private investigation firm conducting pre-employment screening and workers' compensation investigations for 18 years.
Nancy Johnson, Housing and Community Development Program Manager
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, she 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 Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design and Planning from Western Washington University in Bellingham and is currently working on her Master's degree.
Michael Karath, Staff Assistant to the Board of Supervisors
Michael Karath has served as a Staff Assistant to the Board of Supervisors since January 2008. He is responsible for helping supervisors Mark Luce and Keith Caldwell with constituent services and policy issues. Mr. Karath also assists the Director of Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs with administering the County's legislative platform. Prior to joining the County, Mr. Karath worked as Chief of Staff to Massachusetts State Representative 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, MA.
Mr. Karath earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He also earned an Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA.
Nelson Cortez, Staff Assistant to the Board of Supervisors (se habla español)
Nelson Cortez joined Napa County as a Staff Assistant to the Board of Supervisors in July 2015. Mr. Cortez works closely with Supervisors Brad Wagenknecht, Diane Dillon and Alfredo Pedroza, assisting them with constituent matters and organizing community meetings to address specific community concerns. Mr. Cortez's prior experience working in government includes employment as a Senate Fellow and later as a Legislative Aide to California State Senator Marty Block. Mr. Cortez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American and Latina/o Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.