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Debra Baetz

Interim Agency Director, Orange County Health Care Agency

Debra Baetz

Debra Baetz became the Interim Agency Director for the Orange County Health Care Agency in July 2023. She began her career with the County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) in 1989. While at SSA, Baetz was promoted into various roles across the agency’s Assistance Programs, Adult Services and Family Self-Sufficiency, and Administrative Services Divisions. In 2018, Baetz became SSA Director, leading the largest Orange County agency, including approximately 4,400 staff who serve one in four residents. She retired as the SSA Director in 2022, but was asked to come out of retirement to serve as the Orange County Health Care Agency Interim Agency Director while the County conducts a recruitment for the permanent director. Baetz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration from California State University, Fullerton, and recently completed her MBA as part of an Executive MBA fellowship program at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business.

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