DURHAM, Ore. -- The board of Cover Oregon selected a Kaiser Permanente official to lead the troubled health insurance exchange.

The board voted Thursday to hire Aaron Patnode, who leads Kaiser's efforts to implement the federal health care law.

He's previously worked as a public relations specialist and hospital administrator in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon.

Recruiting consultant Dennis Karras says 70 people applied for the job, and 19 were interviewed before the field was narrowed to six.

He says some candidates dropped out after the state decided to drop its website and use federal technology.

Patnode will be Cover Oregon's fourth director in six months.

He'll take over from interim director Clyde Hamstreet, a consultant who specializes in turning around troubled businesses.

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