Mauk Selects New Health Care Agency Director

Tom Mauk

Tom Mauk

The following release came in to our email box at about 5:30 pm Monday.

(Santa Ana, CA) — County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk has appointed David L. Riley to serve as Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), effective immediately.

“The panel interviewing candidates for Health Care Agency Director unanimously recommended David’s appointment and he brings to the position a wealth of knowledge about the Agency and its important role in the community,” said Mauk. HCA’s major program areas include Public Health Services, Behavioral Health Services and Medical and Institutional Health Services.

Dave Riley

Dave Riley

Riley began his career with the County of Orange in 1976 and he has served since March 2009 as Interim Agency Director. He first joined HCA in 1983 and has held a number of administrative positions with the Agency, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Assistant Agency Director. During his more than 30 years with the County, he has also worked for the County Administrative Office, Probation Department and Human Services Agency.

A graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, Riley also graduated from the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program at Harvard University and the Orange County Leadership Academy.

It’s the Health Care Agency for heavens sake, you know I have to say something on this topic.

The fact cannot be avoided that I have been highly critical of Dave Riley during my three years blogging for TheLiberalOC. In fact, my criticisms go back a little more than six years. To say my personal experiences with Mr. Riley over the years have caused me to consider him ethically challenged, would be an understatement.

However to his credit, his administration of the Health Care Agency over the past couple of years has been highlighted by a high level of concern for his employees, most recently jumping through hoops to avoid layoffs during the current budget crisis. So I wish Dave Riley luck in running the second largest agency in the County.

I suspect that he will apply all that he has learned in his more than 30 years of county service to his new position.

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