The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning appointed a new county health officer, Dr. Lynn Silver Chalfin.
Silver Chalfin has served as the director of the Office of Science and Policy for New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she has worked since 2004.
She takes over for Dr. Mark Netherda, who has been Sonoma County’s interim health officer since Dr. Mary Maddux-Gonzalez retired in the middle of 2011.
As New York City’s Assistant Commissioner for Chronic Disease, Silver Chalfin coordinated response to the obesity and diabetes prevention programs, as well as overseeing cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma and worksite wellness programs.
She also led city initiatives including the nation’s first calorie labeling law, a ban on trans fats, and a national effort to reduce salt intake.
She has worked internationally on health policy and has published extensively in public health journals. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MD and masters of public health degrees and pediatric training from the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.
The assigned salary range for the Health Officer position is $166,656 to $202,555 annually.
Silver Chalfin is set to begin work with the county in April.
Netherda, who did not apply for the top job, is set to return to his previous position as deputy health officer.