Scott Gilman

An administrator from San Mateo County was hired Tuesday to direct Ventura County’s mental health and substance use programs following a national search.

Scott Gilman, 56, was chosen as director of the county Behavioral Health Department at a salary of $246,573, officials said. He holds the same type of job in San Mateo County, where he oversees behavioral health and recovery services. 

Gilman is scheduled to assume his new position Aug. 21. He will oversee a staff of more than 800 employees and a budget of $254 million in the department that treats people with serious mental illness.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors chose Gilman unanimously in concurrence with the county’s interim CEO Sevet Johnson, officials announced after the appointment in a closed session meeting of the board.

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