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County health administrator resigns

After six months on the job, the Washington County Health Administrator has resigned.

“Basically the administrator resigned for personal reasons and we just signed a contract for an interim administrator to sign paperwork until January,” said Bruce Kelbaugh, Washington County Board of Health president.

Marietta resident Jim Carpenter joined the board in April after filling the seven-month vacant role left by the resignation of Roger Coffman in November 2020.

In a statement released Wednesday, Kelbaugh said the health department has experienced staff that will continue to prevent disease, promote and protect public health.

“Our board is committed to the residents we serve in Washington County and will seek a new administrator,” his statement noted.

Morgan County Health Department Administrator Jeff Michaels will serve as acting administrator until a replacement is hired.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a Glance

¯ Health administrator resigned after six months.

¯ He resigned for personal reasons.

¯ Morgan County Health administrator will serve as acting administrator.

Source: Washington County Health Department

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