Fielding to step down as LA County public health director

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County’s public health director, announced today that he plans to retire after 16 years with the county.

“I have decided to leave when a successor, whom I understand will be identified through a nationwide executive search, is ready to assume the post,” Fielding wrote in a letter to employees at the Department of Public Health. “I plan to return to UCLA to help train future public health leaders and do research on how we can be even more effective.

“It has been a great pleasure to work with each and every one of you over the years,” he wrote.

Fielding hailed DPH employees for their hard work that not only improved health in the county but ensured that the department “is viewed as one of the best local health departments in the nation.”

County CEO Bill Fujioka praised Fielding’s work for the county, saying via Twitter that his “accomplishments in improving the health and safety of our residents are simply too long to list.”

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