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Public Health Director Mimi Hall resigns

Dan McDonaldBreakingNews
Staff Writer
2/12/2012

Plumas County Public Health Director Mimi Hall resigned on Friday, March 9.

She said in her letter to the Board of Supervisors that she would remain in her Quincy office until April 20. She will be an employee of the county until June 7.

Hall has been the county’s lead person in charge of bringing back state-sanctioned alcohol and drug services.

Two county supervisors said Monday they were upset by Hall’s departure.

“I’m really sorry to see her go,” Supervisor Lori Simpson said. “Mimi has been a great help to this county. It’s going to be a big loss.”

Supervisor Jon Kennedy told Hall, “Although this is a great opportunity for you, this is horrible news for citizens of our county.

“I can’t help but think we failed in recognizing how important you were to our county and what we could have done to avoid your resignation,” Kennedy added. “I am sincerely sorry that you had to seek opportunities elsewhere.”

Hall said Monday she wasn’t ready to comment about her reasons for resigning or where she was going.

She thanked the supervisors for their “support and commitment to public health.”

Hall was selected by the supervisors in June to be the county’s administrator of the drug and alcohol program.

They placed her in charge of re-instituting the program that the county shut down in 2008 because of personnel and budget problems. The Alcohol & Drug department was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, despite receiving half a million dollars in state subsidies.

Hall agreed to build a new program from scratch. She took on the additional duties without adding staff to the Public Health department.

On Feb. 21, after Hall outlined the progress achieved in her first six months as the alcohol and drug administrator, the supervisors enthusiastically praised her for her effort.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” Supervisor Robert Meacher said during the meeting. “Actually, I’m beyond pleased. Because we are not just doing something important, we are doing it right.”

Hall said she expected to present a finalized plan for restoring services this month. Bringing back A&D services would mean the state would resume sending the county $500,000 in funding.

In her resignation letter, Hall assured the supervisors that she was leaving “a solid foundation” from the work she started.

“With this foundation in place, the future of the department will need your continued leadership and support of a transition plan that will allow for an orderly transition and give the county time to identify my replacement,” Hall wrote.

Hall resigned just one day after long-time Mental Health Director John Sebold announced his resignation.

In a letter to her staff, Hall praised her colleagues. “Looking back on my 21-year career working in private industry, education, governmental and non-governmental non-profit entities of all sizes, it is clear that the staff of this department is by far the very best.”


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