Council is set to review health officer applications

January 04, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Harford County Council is set to review two applications Tuesday night for a county health officer, a position that has been vacant since Tommy Thomas retired last year.

The nomination takes on added importance because the department's acting health officer, Dr. Beverly Stump, is retiring at the end of this month.

The council's personnel committee has narrowed the field to two physicians, said Council President Robert S. Wagner, who declined to elaborate further because it is a personnel issue.

The nomination will be forwarded to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for approval.

The nomination process was bogged down this fall after a search committee, headed by council Vice President Lance C. Miller, chose a single candidate from its more than 100 applications, rather than the pool the personnel committee had sought, Wagner said.

The personnel committee reviewed the entire pool again after discarding the recommended candidate, who was not a medical doctor - a requirement the council had stipulated early in the process, he said.

Miller could not be reached for comment last week.

The director will oversee a staff of about 200 and a budget of about $14 million, according to Health Department administrators.

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