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El Paso County Public Health has promoted Jill Law to the position of county public health director. She had been the interim public health director since March 2012, when executive director Kandi Buckland retired.
“Jill's challenge is to keep current level of services and funding,” explains Susan Wheelan, public health communication director.
The challenge will be quite different for the department's other new hire, medical director Dr. Bill Letson: In May alone, 41 cases of communicable diseases were reported and investigated. They ranged from salmonella and viral meningitis to varicella. In addition, two cases of active tuberculosis were suspected.
Letson has held several director positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the areas of epidemiology and immunization.
More details on Letson and Law's experience are available in the release below:
El Paso County Public Health
Contact: Danielle Oller, Communication Specialist
(719) 575-8985 office; (719) 465-6186 cell
July 16, 2012
El Paso County Board of Health Appoints Director, Welcomes New Medical Director
El Paso County, CO - The El Paso County Board of Health on Monday unanimously appointed Jill Law to the position of El Paso County Public Health Director, and welcomed Dr. Bill Letson as the agency’s Medical Director.
Both Law and Letson come to their new roles with decades of public health experience.
Law has served as the interim public health director since March 2012 following the retirement of executive director Kandi Buckland. Law received her registered nurse degree from Beth-El College of Nursing at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Law also has a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Phoenix. She previously served as the agency’s division director of health services, overseeing six departments and was the division director of clinical and health services. Prior to joining El Paso County Public Health in 1995, she worked at Cedar Springs Psychiatric Unit and the Penrose Hospital Surgical Unit.
In addition to her years of clinical expertise, throughout her 17 years with El Paso County Public Health Law has held leadership roles in the areas of strategic planning, policy development, program evaluation, coalition and community organization, budget and finance, emergency preparedness, marketing, agency management and resource development.
Dr. G. William (Bill) Letson has dedicated his career to research and implementation activities in public health, pediatrics and infectious diseases. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; a master’s degree in zoology from Colorado State University; and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver. He has been published widely and served several faculty appointments.
From 2011 to 2012, he worked as a global public health consultant, serving as International Vaccine Institute Vaccinology Faculty, and is a member of the Independent Review Committee for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations. Previously, Dr. Letson was Deputy Director of Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative (PDVI) and Director of Vaccine Evaluation Program, PDVI/International Vaccine Institute in Seoul Korea, a post he held for four and a half years.
Dr. Letson has held several director positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the areas of epidemiology and immunization. In addition, he served as the Wyoming’s State Health Officer and Director of their Maternal Child Health program and Maternal Child Health Consultant/Epidemiologist at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.