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Search shaping up for health director

Former head?Frederick retired October 5

October 14, 2013
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County Public Health Director Denise Frederick recently retired after 30 years service to the county, and the Board of Supervisors looks to name her interim replacement Tuesday.

The board's monthly meeting starts at 1 p.m. at the County Office Building.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Friday that Frederick retired Oct. 5 and supervisors will possibly appoint county Supervising Public Health Nurse Dale Woods as her interim replacement. He said the process is under way to hire a permanent director of the county Public Health Department.

"We actually already put the advertising out," Stead said.

Frederick currently earns about $80,000 annually as county health director.

Broadalbin Supervisor Joseph DiGiacomo, chairman of the board's Human Services Committee, will read a proclamation Tuesday recognizing Frederick for "many years of service" to the county.

Frederick started her service with the county in April 1983 and heads a $1.1 million department that provides services that includes primary and preventive health care, lead screening, early intervention for children, sexually transmitted disease treatment, health education, family guidance planning, immunizations and chronic disease prevention.

In other items on the board agenda:

The board will consider hiring North Star Destination of Nashville, Tenn., to develop a "community brandprint" for the Fulton-Montgomery counties region. Officials from both counties are working to develop a brand for the bicounty region. The firm would do a branding exercise to develop an identifiable name-logo to make the region recognized and identified by corporate site selectors.

Supervisors will consider authorizing a $300,000 application seeking a state Office of Indigent Legal Services grant to be used for personnel and equipment in the office of Fulton County Public Defender Gerard McAuliffe.

The board is due to set a public hearing date on the county's proposed 2014-16 capital plan.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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