Berkeley health officer named to state job

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today named Dr. Linda Rudolph, 57, of Oakland, as deputy director for the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

The center, within the state Department of Public Health, includes the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control and the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control. It administers programs addressing diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes; the prevention and control of injuries; and, the prevention and control of environmental and occupational diseases.

Since 2005, Rudolph has been the health officer and the director of public health for the city of Berkeley. From 2001 to 2005, she served as chief medical officer for the California Department of Health Services and as a medical consultant in Medi-Cal Managed Care. Earlier, Rudolph was the medical director for the Division of Workers Compensation with the Department of Industrial Relations from 1993 to 2001, and executive medical director with the Industrial Medical Council from 1991 to 1993. From 1982 to 1992, Rudolph served in various positions within the state DHS.

This position does not require state Senate confirmation and pays an annual salary of $172,680. Rudolph is a Democrat.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.