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Jerry Brown appoints new Health Care Services head

Gov. Jerry Brown, center, talks with adviser Nancy McFadden, left, and Finance Director Michael Cohen, right, as he walks to a news conference to unveil his proposed 2015-16 state budget plan in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.
Gov. Jerry Brown, center, talks with adviser Nancy McFadden, left, and Finance Director Michael Cohen, right, as he walks to a news conference to unveil his proposed 2015-16 state budget plan in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed the head of a non-profit managed care association director of the California Department of Health Care Services, his office said Monday.

Jennifer Kent replaces Toby Douglas, who announced last year that he was leaving. Kent is a former employee the department that handles Medi-Cal services for more than 11 million Californians.

Kent, 41, has been executive director at Local Health Plans of California since 2013. She was associate director at the Department of Health Care Services in 2011 and worked as deputy director of legislative and governmental affairs there from 2004 to 2007, according to the governor’s office.

Kent previously worked as a deputy legislative secretary in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration.

Kent, of Sacramento, is registered to vote with no party preference. The position pays $182,021 a year and requires Senate confirmation.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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