Ventura County Public Works Agency Director Jeff Pratt has two new team members.
J. Tabin Cosio returns to the county to replace 35-year veteran Janice Turner, who retired earlier this year. As director of central services, he oversees finances for about 30 county funds and $300 million. He's also responsible for managing the agency’s technology, personnel, payroll, health and safety and facility programs.
Earlier in his career, Cosio served the county for nine years in numerous roles including labor relations manager, responsible for administering activities related to employer-employee relations covering 8,000 employees and 12 different bargaining groups. He was most recently human resources director for the City of Oxnard, Calif., which has 1,200 full-time and 600 part-time employees. His public sector experience also includes stints as a senior internal auditor for the county auditor-controller and budget analyst for Oxnard's Public Works Department.
Cosio has a master of public policy degree from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s in Spanish with a minor in English literature from UCLA.
“His diverse professional background makes him an accomplished professional,” says Pratt. “His negotiation skills, analytical and quantitative methods, and decision theory will prove invaluable.”
Michaela Brown began her tenure as director of the Water and Sanitation Department on June 20.
She's a civil engineer with more than 25 years of experience in consensus building, land-use, customer service, rate setting, and community outreach. Before joining the county, Brown was the director of facilities planning for the military base that supports the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. She's also held program and engineering management positions in the U.S. and abroad, including 20 years in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps.
Brown has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia, a M.S. in civil engineering from Texas A&M, and a master’s of international policy and practice from George Washington University.
“We've found a consummate professional to lead the department during a critical time in our state’s history,” says Pratt. "Her expertise will help us work through the many challenges related to water, wastewater, and solid waste in California in general and the county in particular.”
Brown will relocate to Ventura County with her husband, Kevin, and 11 year-old daughter, Bridget.