UPDATE: Mercer County Health Dept. names local health officer

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PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — 1:40 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2020: Three new people have been added to the Mercer County Board of Health on Friday, August 14, 2020.

Dr. Steven Stefancic is named the new local health officer. He will take the position pending the approval of State Health Officer, Dr. Ayne Amjad who was filling in locally for the time being.

The Mercer County Commission chose Daniel Wells and RobB Williams to fill the two empty positions on the Board of Directors.

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020: The Board of Directors for the Mercer County Health Department addressed the recent shake up in their ranks. This included the departure of chairman Dr. Randy Stevens and acting local health officer Dr. Kathy Wides. Health Administrator Susan Kadar announced her retirement effecting Aug. 16.

The Board of Directors stated the health department is still open and operating. Brenda Donithan will take the position as interim director of the Mercer County Health Department. According to a release, Mrs. Donithan has 31 years of service with the health department.

Talks have begun with local physicians to fill the health officer position. In the meantime, per state code, State Health Officer, Dr. Ayne Amjad will act as the health officer until one is appointed.

The board also submitted several names to the Mercer County Commission to become members of the board. They have also been in contact with Secretary Bill Crouch of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).

“Secretary Crouch offered any and all support from the state level to ensure that Mercer County has all available resources to combat the Covid 19 pandemic,” said Board Chairperson Randy Maxwell, D.C.

Maxwell wished the departed and departing board members the best wishes and thanked them for their service. Charirperson Maxwell also thanked employees of the health department for their service to the community.

ORIGINAL STORY – 4:47 Friday, July 31, 2020: Several people with the Mercer County Health Department resigned on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Dr. Kathy Wides, the county health officer, confirmed she submitted her resignation after a board meeting Friday. Dr. Wides also told 59News Board of Health Chairman, Dr. Randy Stevens, resigned from the board, and Health Administrator, Susan Kadar, retired.

Dr. Wides attributed her reason for retiring to the COVID-19 crisis. She said it was important everyone pulls together during this time and she did not feel like the board was pulling together. Dr. Wides said she hopes the board can find a health officer they are confident in and continue to help the people of Mercer County.

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