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Claudia Blackburn To Step Down as Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County

By Pamela Saulsby

December 15, 2021

Leon County Issues Proclamation Recognizing the Retirement of Health Officer Claudia Blackburn  

To many in Leon County, Claudia Blackburn, the Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County, became the public face and voice of Leon County's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She would provide regular briefings to the Leon County Board of County Commissioners, and help explain to local residents the science behind decisions to close businesses and require people to wear masks, as well as the medical reasons for people to get tested for the virus as often as needed and to get vaccinated as early possible.

For these reasons and many others, on December 14, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners issued a Proclamation Recognizing the Retirement of Claudia Blackburn. It provides the full scope of Ms. Blackburn's breadth of experience in Public Health, and her depth of knowledge.

Ms. Blackburn will be stepping down from the agency after seven years of service to Leon County. In awarding the honor, commissioners praised Ms. Blackburn for showing extraordinary leadership during her tenure and for working every day during the pandemic to help keep Leon County citizens healthy and safe.  They acknowledged Leon County is stronger because of her efforts.

Additionally, Ms. Blackburn was recognized for building a remarkable team of talented people who will continue her strong legacy of competence, effectiveness, and efficiency in responding to the needs of all who call Leon County home.

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Written by: Pamela Saulsby| Public Information Officer