Comings and goings

It’s changing-of-the-guard time in two Butte County government offices.

Dr. Bradford Luz announced earlier this month that he would not renew his contract with the county as director of Behavioral Health, a post he’d held for seven years. He said in a release he hoped to move closer to family in Sonoma.

His replacement on an interim basis is Edward Walker, who has more than three decades of experience in the field. Walker previously served as Marin County’s director of mental health. He is expected to serve four to five months.

Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Starlyn Brown (pictured) will leave County Center on April 4. She is retiring after 20 years with the county, a tenure that included three stints as interim CAO.

A search for her replacement is under way, but seeing as she was named Best Public Servant in the CN&R’s Best of 2007 issue, her shoes will be big ones to fill.