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Search for Sudbury’s new medical officer of health begins

The board of Public Health Sudbury and Districts is recruiting a new CEO and medical officer of health to succeed Dr. Penny Sutcliffe after her retirement

The search for a candidate to succeed Dr. Penny Sutcliffe as medical officer of health and CEO for Public Health Sudbury & Districts (PHSD) has now begun, with the board creating a recruitment and selection sub-committee on Aug. 24. 

Chair of the PHSD board, René Lapierre, said in a release that Sutcliffe would “continue to lead the agency and ensure Public Health meets the needs of our communities” as the board recruits her successor and “as she prepares for her long-planned sabbatical and future retirement.” 

Lapeirre said Sutcliffe has been a “passionate and exemplary leader” for more than 23 years and has been “unwavering in her commitment to public health and health equity, both locally and in her many contributions to Ontario’s public health system.”

The release states that the board has a legal duty under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to appoint a full-time medical officer of health and to ensure the provision of public health programs and services as required by the act. 

“Our recruitment efforts to attract a permanent full-time MOH and CEO demonstrate our ongoing commitment to stable and strong leadership, and to our responsibility to ensure continued responsiveness and excellence in our public health programs and services,” said Lapierre. 

The recruitment and selection committee includes the board chair, vice chair and two members of the board of health’s executive committee. They will undertake efforts to recruit and recommend a candidate for the position of medical officer of health and CEO. 

Active recruitment efforts will begin in the coming weeks, said the release.


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