County hails Governor’s choice of health secretary from local ranks
Vancouver, WA – News that Gov. Jay Inslee has named John Wiesman to a cabinet post as the state’s next Secretary of Health was greeted this morning with applause and optimism by top officials at Clark County.
Wiesman has led the county’s Public Health department since 2004 through major funding challenges and a strategic retooling to focus on public safety responses to prevent death, disease, illness and injury. He plans to leave his current post by April 1 and begin work in Olympia April 15.
“He has done a masterful job of maximizing the impact of limited public health staff through partnerships and creative approaches to serving real people in their daily lives,” said Steve Stuart, who chairs both the Board of County Commissioners and local Board of Health, comprised of the three county commissioners.
Stuart commended Wiesman for involving many community stakeholders in comprehensive efforts to help local residents make healthy choices that counteract chronic disease.
“We have been truly blessed by John’s energy, commitment and enthusiasm during very difficult times,” said County Administrator Bill Barron. “Southwest Washington will continue to benefit as he applies his considerable experience and expertise to statewide issues.”
Barron said Marni Storey will serve as the county’s interim public health director until a permanent director is named. She is deputy director at present with major responsibilities involving communicable disease, healthy families and emergency response. Storey holds a master of science degree in nursing, is a registered nurse, and has worked for the county since 1999.
“Marni has been a priceless part of our leadership team and I am confident she will oversee a smooth transition with complete support from the terrific staff I have come to admire and appreciate over the last eight years,” said Wiesman.
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