Summit County Government

Posted on: April 21, 2016

Summit County Selects Sarah Vaine as Assistant County Manager

Summit Community Care Clinic’s chief operating officer will join Summit County staff in July

Contact:
Scott Vargo, Assistant County Manager
970-485-1880, Scott.Vargo@SummitCountyCO.gov
Sarah Vaine, Chief Operating Officer, Community Care Clinic
970-333-1782, svaine@summitclinic.org

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County has selected Sarah Vaine to replace Scott Vargo as assistant county manager. Vaine, who has led the Summit Community Care Clinic since 2008, will oversee a diverse set of County divisions and departments, including Public Health, Human Services, Public Safety, Information Systems and the Summit County Library.

“We’re absolutely delighted that Sarah will join our team at Summit County government,” Assistant County Manager Scott Vargo said. “She has an impressive array of skills, experience and knowledge that will be tremendous assets in our on-going work to serve the community.”

Vargo will take over as Summit County Manager immediately after Gary Martinez retires from the position at the end of June. Vaine will begin her new position with the County in early July.

“I feel honored to have been offered this wonderful opportunity,” Vaine said. “In taking on this position, I look forward to finding new ways to support and strengthen our amazing community.”

During her time at the helm of the Community Care Clinic, Vaine has managed and directed the rapidly growing health care organization, which served more than 7,000 uninsured and underinsured patients in 2015. Vaine oversaw the clinic’s transition to become a Federally Qualified Health Center, which opened doors to significant federal funding to support local health care services.

“Sarah is intimately familiar with the needs of this community, and she has done excellent work navigating financial, regulatory and organizational challenges in order to meet those needs,” Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “We’re fortunate to have such a seasoned leader taking this role in our organization.”

Prior to her time at the Care Clinic, Vaine served at Advocates for Victims of Assault for six years, first as assistant director, then as executive director. She has also worked as a therapist in private practice and as a juvenile diversion coordinator for the Fifth Judicial District.

Vaine has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Colorado Denver and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Xavier University.

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