KINGSTON — Ulster County may consolidate its mental health and health departments to save money, said County Executive Mike Hein.

The proposal is spurred by the impending retirement of Mental Health Commissioner Edward Brown, slated to make $101,702 in 2011.

Public Health Director La Mar Hasbrouck – earning $149,440 this year – was tapped to lead the mental health department until at least the end of 2011.

Cutting Brown’s position would save $57,000 annually.