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November 21, 2007

Oswego County Public Health Director to Retire Jan. 30

OSWEGO -- Public Health Director Kathleen Smith announced today that she will retire at the end of January, closing a 30-year career with the Oswego County Health Department.

Smith started working for the county in 1977, when the nursing service had only 12 nurses. She started as a public health nurse and was promoted several times to become the Director of Public Health in 2003.

The agency's responsibilities have expanded considerably, and today the department is comprised of environmental, public health nursing, hospice, home health care, early intervention and preschool special education services. She supervises a staff of 88 employees.

“Kathy Smith has been a creative, thorough and progressive commissioner of health, who has done much to improve programs and conditions in Oswego County. She will be sorely missed,” said County Legislator John Proud (District 7, Mexico), chairman of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee.

In addition to Legislator Proud, the committee includes legislators Kim Seager (District 10, Phoenix), Fred Beardsley (District 9, Central Square), Shawn Doyle (District 3, Pulaski), Arthur Gearsbeck (District 6, West Monroe), Margaret Kastler (District 1, Sandy Creek), Leonard Ponzi (District 17, Oswego), and Paul Santore (District 16, Oswego).

County Administrator Philip Church said the Legislature's Finance and Personnel Committee authorized him to begin the search process for a new public health director at its Nov. 19 meeting.

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