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County Executive Leopold Congratulates Phillips on Appointment to State Post

Health Officer to join Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Annapolis (October 6, 2008)-County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that Health Officer Frances B. Phillips is leaving her position to become Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).

Phillips first joined the County in 1988 as a registered nurse and was later appointed Health Officer by County Executive Robert R. Neall in 1993. In 2004, she served as the County’s Fire Chief before returning to her post at the Health Department. She has been instrumental in creating programs to serve the uninsured, reducing cancer rates and responding to public health emergencies.

"Fran Phillips has been an outstanding public official who has served the people of Anne Arundel County in so many ways," said County Executive Leopold. "While I am sorry to see her go, it is nice to know that we have a friend at the State who knows our County and is well-versed in public health and homeland security issues."

Phillips will be one of four deputies to DHMH Secretary John M. Colmers and will focus on public health services. She will oversee emergency preparedness, communicable diseases, cancer and chronic disease control, maternal and child health, the State laboratory, the medical examiner’s office and other areas. She will start her new position on December 1, 2008.

"This is a bittersweet moment for me because this is a great County and a great department," Phillips said. "Joining the State will be a new challenge, but I will never forget the wonderful people I have worked with over the years."


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