Chelan-Douglas Board of Health Appoints New Interim Director | Coronavirus
EAST WENATCHEE – The Chelan-Douglas Board of Health has appointed a new interim director.
Nathan Weed, an employee of the state Department of Health, was appointed interim administrator of the Chelan-Douglas health district at a special council meeting on Wednesday, according to a press release from the health district.
He replaces Bruce Buckles who was appointed interim administrator on June 24 following the retirement of former health administrator Barry Kling.
The plan was still to be the temporary administrator, he was only going to do that for 90 days, Buckles said in an interview on Friday. The board was unable to find a permanent replacement and therefore decided to give Weed the role of interim director.
“It is double that for sure as I am still responsible for aging and adult care and I sit on a number of other boards and I am the administrator of the Royal City hospital. “Buckles said.
The health district needed more help to reduce the number of positive coronavirus test results in the two counties and the disproportionate impact on the Latin American community, said Dan Sutton, chairman of the Chelan Health Council. Douglas.
Weed is the director of community health systems at the state Department of Health, according to the press release. The state’s health ministry has helped the board find an interim replacement, while it seeks someone to fill the role on a permanent basis.
Buckles is the executive director of Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington. He will resume his role as head of aging and adult care in central Washington and will be led by the health district special projects coordinator, according to the press release.
Weed has training in infectious diseases, epidemiology, and public health preparedness and response, according to the press release. He also served as the Incident Commander for the statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.