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ACHD Acting Director Patrick Dowd to Depart; Vote on Replacement Expected in Coming Weeks

Allegheny County Health Department Acting Director Patrick Dowd will soon depart his role to take on the CEO position at the Environmental Charter School.

His last day at ACHD is July 9, according to a news release issued Monday night.

“I want to thank Patrick Dowd for his service at the Allegheny County Department of Health. He stepped up to serve the public during the COVID pandemic and continued to serve as Acting Director as my administration began, allowing for a smooth transition.”

County Executive Sara Innamorato said.

Dowd said it was his honor to work with ACHD but that he looks forward to returning to his roots in education in my next chapter, adding he was "confident the department is poised for success under its next leader.”  

Dowd started at ACHD in February 2021, initially serving as the department’s inaugural chief operating officer under then-director Dr. Debra Bogen. After Bogen departed to serve at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Dowd was named acting director.

The Allegheny County Board of Health will meet in the coming weeks to vote on a nominee to serve as the next Director of Health Department.

“ACHD has a vast set of responsibilities under its purview, from restaurant inspections to regulating asbestos remediation, and much more. Protecting public health is a top priority for my administration and I look forward to having a confirmed director in place to lead the department in the very near future,” Innamorato said.

GASP continues to follow this issue closely and will keep you posted.

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