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Pettit to serve as president for the State Association of County Health Officials

Staff Reports Posted 11 May 2018 at 5:17 pm

Paul Pettit

ALBION – Paul Pettit, Public Health director for the Health Departments in Genesee and Orleans counties, will serve as president of the New York State Association of County Health Officials, beginning June 1.

Chuck Nesbitt, Chief Administrative Officer for Orleans County, and Jay Gsell, Genesee County Manager, both congratulated Pettit on this achievement after being elected by his peers to lead the state association over the next year.

“Having Paul serve as President brings our Western New York rural counties to the forefront of influence and decision-making in regards to public health activities across the state,” Nesbitt said. “This is an excellent platform for our counties to be heard and recognized.”

Nesbitt and Gsell offered congratulations on behalf of their respective County Legislatures.

“Paul is an engaged and empowering leader of our two counties public health initiatives and has helped make our progressive and proactive commonly appointed Board of Health a prime example of what team work and collaboration can achieve,” Gsell said.

NYSACHO was organized in 1979 and is a membership association representing the 58 local health departments in New York State. The NYSACHO general membership meets monthly, providing a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas and experiences among local public health officials as well as with other federal, state and local partners. NYSACHO strengthens the provision of local public health programs and services.

“The incoming officers and directors possess extensive knowledge and diverse experience in the field of public health,” said Pettit, an Albion resident. “I am honored to be able to serve on the board with them and represent this organization over the next year as President. I am confident that this board along with our active membership will continue to provide strong leadership and further NYSACHO’s mission of supporting, advocating for, and empowering local health departments in their work to promote health and wellness and prevent disease, disability and injury throughout New York State.”

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