Former Virginia Department of Health official Dr. Edward Van Oeveren was named the new Anne Arundel County Health Officer, according to the county government. Oeveren, who has a law degree, is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is experienced in pandemic planning, having worked for 10 years as preventive medicine officer and district director in Virginia.
Van Oeveren began his post in the new position Thursday, succeeding Fran Phillips and interim director Doug Hart. "I am looking forward to working with the extremely capable staff at the Anne Arundel County Health Department, who have benefited from 15 years of leadership under Fran Phillips," Van Oeveren said in a statement. "My intention is to continue the pro-active approach to public health the department has become known for."