Mark Starr, 56, a volunteer clinical professor at UC Davis, has been appointed deputy director of the Center for Environmental Health at the Department of Public Health.
Starr has been the director of community health, clinics and animal services for Placer County since 2007. He served in multiple positions at the California Department of Health Care Services from 1995 to 2007, including chief of the Division of Communicable Disease Control.
Starr, a resident of Rocklin, has been a volunteer clinical professor in the Master of Public Health Program at UCD since 2004 and was a lecturer on Health and Safety Studies at Sacramento State University from 1996 to 2000. He was chief epidemiologist at the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services from 1990 to 1995.
Starr earned a master of preventive veterinary medicine degree and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from UCD and is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
This position does not require Senate confirmation and the annual salary is $140,004. Starr is a Democrat.