FAIRFIELD — Two Solano County leaders in the health and social services arena are leaving after receiving thanks from the Solano County Board of Supervisors for their local careers.
First 5 Solano Executive Director Christina Arrostuto is departing to become executive director of Rise Together Bay Area. Health and Social Services Assistant Director Moira Sullivan is retiring.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday presented both women with plaques of appreciation.
Arrostuto has led First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission for 11 years. First 5 Solano uses money from a state tobacco tax for programs that benefit children 5 and younger.
“Anytime I go anywhere where children are happy and thriving and doing well, there’s a piece of me that remembers those who don’t have the opportunity,” Arrostuto said.
The Benicia resident plans to continue living in Solano County. Her new job involves leading an effort to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020.
Arrostuto first worked for Solano County in 1977 as an eligibility worker trainee. After 18 months, she moved on to pursue her career in other counties, returning to Solano County in 2003 as First 5 Solano executive director.
Interim Health and Social Services Director Patrick Duterte told the board he wanted to think of a tagline for Arrostuto. He came up with “Chris, the Great Collaborator.”
“She’s so remarkably collaborative,” Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Linda Seifert said. “She’s so collegial. She’s able to build programs.”
Sullivan came to the county as an administrative analyst for the County Administrator’s Office in 1984.
“It’s been a long road,” Sullivan told the board. “When I first came to Solano County, I didn’t think I’d stay that long.”
She became Public Health administrator in 1986 and was promoted to assistant director in 1993. She helped guide the integration of three departments – Mental Health, Social Services and Public Health – into the Health and Social Services Department, a county report said.
“Why did I stay?” Sullivan said. “I got a lot of opportunities to do things.”
Several speakers praised Sullivan for her knowledge of Health and Social Services financial matters and her ability to come up with solutions to budget challenges. Health and Social Services Deputy Director Aaron Crutison called her “a walking encyclopedia.”
“If you want to figure out how to implement anything in Health and Social Services, you go to Moira Sullivan,” Crutison said.
At the end of the presentation, Sullivan posed for photographs with county officials. A small child ran smiling to the front of the room to join in – Sullivan’s granddaughter.
“This is why I’m retiring,” Sullivan said.
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