Linda Haugen Steps Down From San Bernardino County Human Services Department

After three and a half decades with the county, San Bernardino Human Services Assistant Executive Officer Linda Haugen has stepped down. Haugen left the job Friday, eleven years after she took over as head of the agency. She is being replaced by Behavioral Health Director CaSonya Thomas.

“The Board of Supervisors of the County of San Bernardino, state of California, does hereby recognize and commend Linda Haugen for her 35 years of outstanding service, knowledge and experience,” board Chairman James Ramos said, reading from a resolution presented on Oct. 4.

Human Services consists of eight other departments: Children and Family Services, Public Health, Behavioral Health, Child Support, Veterans Affairs, Transitional Assistance, Preschool Services, and Aging and Adult Services. DCFS is currently under investigation by the State Attorney General’s Office after shouldering blame for a number of child abuse and death cases. County spokesman David Wert said that was unrelated to Haugen’s retirement, however.

“Linda Haugen is considered to be one the state’s leading social services executives,” Wert said.

Read more about Haugen’s retirement here.

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