Gerald (Jerry) Starr was born in Jerome, AZ. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Business Administration and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. Jerry later earned his Masters of Public Health degree from Yale University. Jerry left the Air Force with the rank of Major with over 23 years of active service.
Jerry has served Kern County for over 30 years in CEO, COO, and Vice President Positions at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Kern Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, and Delano Regional Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Jerry joined the team at the West Side Health Care District in March of 2015 and became a Chamber Director in 2016. He enjoys participating in the many fun events held by the Chamber Board and the Taft community.
Jerry is married to Robin. He is a Charter members and Past President of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast and a frequent visitor at the Rotary Club of Taft. Jerry enjoys volunteer work in his church. He is a CASA advocate and serves at many Guild House events in Bakersfield in support of the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Center.