A Statement from Bruno Sabatier, Chair of the Lake County Board of Supervisors, on Recent Changes in Lake County Health Services Department Leadership.
Lake County, CA (October 7, 2021) — Today, our Board accepted the resignation of Health Services Director, Denise Pomeroy. Out of respect and appreciation for her service to Lake County residents and the Health Services Department for many years, we will not publicly announce the reasons that prompted this leadership change; it is a confidential personnel matter.
The County Administrative Office’s Human Resources Division has already begun efforts to recruit for our next Health Services Director, and we are poised to move efficiently through the process. It is important to not only attract quality applicants, but fill the position with a long-term Director.
In the meantime, County Administrative Officer, Carol J. Huchingson, will additionally serve as Interim Health Services Director. CAO Huchingson has been involved with and led Public Health-focused efforts as Incident Commander for the COVID-19 Health Emergency.
We are grateful Gary Pace, MD, MPH, has remained our Public Health Officer of record, and continues to serve as Interim Health Officer under contract. Dr. Pace’s insight and leadership throughout the pandemic have been invaluable, and he will remain a key figure in ensuring the Health Services Department’s efforts are effectively oriented, moving forward.
Eileen VanCleave was also recently appointed Director of Nursing, and has brought a tremendous skillset and quality leadership. Finally, we are very pleased that Jennifer Baker has likewise stepped up, and is serving as Interim Deputy Health Services Director.
These latest additions and changes will ensure our Health Services Department remains focused on the ongoing pandemic and the health of our community through its various programs.
CAO Huchingson looks forward to collaborating with the many members of the Health Services team to ensure the continuity of each area of the scope of this key County department. The past 19 months have demonstrated the resilience and many great strengths of our tireless Public Health staff. We truly appreciate and value the sacrifices they have made to keep Lake County residents safe.
The future remains bright for the County of Lake, and our Board is committed to continually striving to strengthen our workforce and the services the County provides.
Chair, Lake County Board of Supervisors