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Top staff begin to leave prison receiver's office

October 26, 2012 |  8:58 am

As a federally appointed receiver begins to returns pieces of prison medical care to the state, he has his own office to unwind.

J. Clark Kelso said most of the state civil service workers in his employ will transfer to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation when receiversip ends, a date that could still be more than a year away. That's not the case for some of the staff on the top floor.

Nancy Kincaid, Kelso's spokeswoman, has already taken a new job. She leaves in early November to work in the same capacity for California Insurance Department Commissioner Dave Jones. Kincaid said she had not expected to start looking for new work until the end of the year, but could not pass up the post in the insurance department.

Kelso's deputy receiver, Dave Runnels, is returning to the private sector. For now he is working reduced hours in the receiver's office, Kelso said.

Both are veterans of state government work. Kincaid previously worked for Kelso, California's "fix-it" man, when Kelso was chairman of the California Earthquake Authority. Runnels left his post as undersecretary of the Corrections department in 2008, to work for Kelso's predecessor, Robert Sillen.

[Updated 1:57 p.m. Oct. 26: Other changes and departures in the receiver's top officers in the field were announced Friday.

Lawrence Fong, the chief medical executive at Mule Creek and Salinas Valley state prisons, is now in charge of healthcare at the medical facility being built in Stockton. Responsibility for Mule Creek goes to Scott Heatley, currently the prison's chief medical executive.

The chief of telemedicine services for the prison system, Kevin Reilly, is taking over healthcare at Calipatria and Centinela state prisons with the departure of Charles Crow. Deuel Vocational's CEO Bob Duncan takes on responsibility for Sierra Conservation Center.]


California starts to regain control of prison healthcare

No quick end to federal control

New prison medical facilities unnecessary

--Paige St. John in Sacramento