Legislators congratulate health department director for role at national level

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 August 2022 at 3:44 pm

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ALBION – Orleans County Legislator Don Allport, left, on Wednesday congratulates Paul Pettit, public health director in Genesee and Orleans counties, for being elected to the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ Board of Directors.

Pettit was picked for a three-year term as a Director for Region 2, representing local health departments in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

NACCHO is the voice of the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments. Pettit’s term began on July 1.

Pettit said he will use the position to advocate for public health funding for rural communities.

He thanked the Legislature for supporting him in the role, and also for providing resource for the local public health department.

Lynne Johnson, Legislature chairwoman, commended Pettit for leading the county’s response during the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020.

“You stepped forward and the state took notice,” she said.