Health officer’s resignation firm, despite pleas |

Health officer’s resignation firm, despite pleas

Despite pleas by Nevada County officials to stay, Public Health Officer Ken Cutler’s resignation is official and the recruitment process for his replacement is underway.

Cutler met Tuesday with County Executive Officer Rick Haffey, who said he had hoped to persuade Cutler to stay. But his efforts were unsuccessful, and Cutler’s last day is scheduled for March 12.

Cutler submitted his letter of resignation last week, saying he would like to spend more time with his children.

At the time of his announcement, Cutler said his exit was not related to his high-profile decision to withhold the identity of three Truckee-area restaurants that had served beef targeted by a Mad Cow disease-related recall.

During his year with the county, Cutler helped established a West Nile virus response plan, worked to expand the county’s bioterrorism preparedness plan, helped update communicable disease control efforts, and helped coordinate an aggressive influenza vaccine program, county officials said.

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