Buncombe County public health director Stacey Saunders to leave role

ASHVILLE — Buncombe County Public Health Director Stacy Saunders will leave her position for one at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the county announced Nov. 21.

Sanders’ new role will be deputy director/section chief for local and community support for DHHS, which is a part of the Department of Public Health, said a press release from the county. She began working at the county on August 3, 2020, and ever since, the release said, she has led through the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuilding the community health promotion section, creating public health mobile teams and a Led the department through the successful accreditation process. ,

“This is an exciting time for me, but also filled with sadness because it is so difficult to leave these public health workers who have become so special to me,” Saunders said in the release. a family. As a public health leader, I always want to see growth for everyone I have had the pleasure and honor to serve as Health Director. And now, it seems, it’s time for me to grow beyond local public health and explore this opportunity at the state level.

His last day will be December 31.

“The county appreciates the work Saunders has done in his two years as director and is saddened by his departure,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Brownie Newman said. While he didn’t work with her on the day-to-day activities, he said that on the big picture items brought before the board, her work was invaluable.

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