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County makes Public Health appointment

New Essex County Pubic Health Department Director Linda Beers takes the oath of office, administered by Clerk to the Board of Supervisors Deborah Palmer. Joining Beers were her son, Mitchell, father William Bolz and friend Connie Bluteau.

New Essex County Pubic Health Department Director Linda Beers takes the oath of office, administered by Clerk to the Board of Supervisors Deborah Palmer. Joining Beers were her son, Mitchell, father William Bolz and friend Connie Bluteau. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Essex County Board of Supervisors appointed Linda Beers of Schroon Lake as the new director of the county’s Public Health Department.

The board voted unanimously at its Oct. 4 meeting to appoint Beers to the position, as she had been serving as the director of services for children with disabilities in the department previously.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be chosen to do this,” Beers said after being sworn in by Clerk to the Board of Supervisors Deborah Palmer during the monthly meeting of the board. “I look forward to facing the challenges in the years to come, and we have a staff of good ladies and gentlemen who are well-trained.”

Beers said that her experience within the department and working with patients with special needs will help her in the new role.

Beers enters the position as the county prepares for another tough budget season, where the county is concerned with keeping costs low in the face of a 2 percent tax cap and after increased emergency spending in the wake of recent flooding both at the end of summer and in the spring.

“The fiscal challenges are the ones that are the biggest stumbling blocks right now,” Beers said. “There is some reform coming down from the state, but we will not know what that looks like until it gets here.”

Beers also said that being able to work with and adapt to unforeseen public health issues was also a challenge that she looked forward to finding answers for.

Beers was joined at the swearing in by son Mitchell, father William Bolz and family friend Connie Bluteau.

After appointing Beers, the board also passed a unanimous resolution of appreciation to interim director Kathy Daggett, who served during the six-month process of looking for a new head of the department before picking Beers.

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