Tacoma City Councilman Rick Talbert, chairman of the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health, updates us on the search for a new health director:
We interviewed 6 candidates last week. Three internal and three external. There were also question and answer sessions before a group of stakeholders and a group of health department employees.
The board now has to decide which if any of the candidates should be submitted to the County Executive and The Mayor for final consideration. More comprehensive background checks would also be conducted.
I am hopeful we will have a decision by early next week.
The new chief will succeed Dr. Federico Cruz-Uribe, who retired under pressure last summer over some of his management practices. I asked Talbert what would happen if the county executive and the mayor didn’t agree on the board’s choice.
That’s an interesting question. One for the attorneys. The way the interlocal agreement between the County and the City is structured it is the Executive and the Mayor who must make the appointment.
My non-legal guess is that if they couldn’t agree the search would have to continue.