Public Health Director Position in La Plata County Left with Only One Finalist as Candidate Bows Out – The Durango Herald


Public Health Director Position in La Plata County Left with Only One Finalist as Candidate Bows Out – The Durango Herald

Mike Byrns, a candidate from Rhode Island, is scheduled for an in-person visit at the end of April by the La Plata County Board of Health. The board has decided to proceed with his recruitment, and if he decides to withdraw his application, the search for a public health director will start over.

After one of the finalists, Tara Hardy, withdrew her application for personal reasons, Mike Byrns remains the sole candidate for the top job at the county’s health department. The board members will interview Byrns in person later this month and have a public meet-and-greet event as part of the recruitment process. Byrns has also notified the county that he is a finalist for another position, so if he withdraws from that, the county staff will restart the recruitment process.

Byrns currently serves as the assistant director of health at the Rhode Island Department of Health in Providence, where he is the state’s leading toxicologist. The decision to continue recruiting him was made during a special meeting following a 90-minute executive session aimed at setting up a contingency plan in case he backs out, so they can quickly move forward with hiring another candidate.

The public meet-and-greet event with Byrns is scheduled for April 24 at the La Plata County administration building in Durango. The board wants to ensure they have a plan in place to fill the position swiftly if Byrns decides to withdraw from consideration.

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