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County hires new public health director

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Posted at 8:42 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 20:43:18-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Pima County hired Theresa Cullen as the next Public Health Director.

Cullen will take over June 1. She has worked as a public health physician and retired as a Public Health Service Officer from the federal government with the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant U.S. Surgeon General. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Cullen will replace Bob England, who has served as interim health director since June 2019. He replaced March Flanagan, who left to direct the Maricopa County Health Department.

England will stay on as a part-time physician to help guide the County through the pandemic.

Cullen will work part-time for Pima County starting May 4, working as Vice Chair of the County’s Back To Business Task Force, which will govern the process of reopening the economy following pandemic-mandated closures.

“This is huge for Pima County. I am thrilled to have Dr. Cullen join our team,” said Pima County Chief Medical Officer and Deputy County Administrator Dr. Francisco Garcia, in a statement. “Dr. Cullen is a respected and eminent public health physician who also is an exceptional administrator. She knows Pima County and Southern Arizona well and will build upon the strategies and programs we’ve established over the past decade to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in Pima County.”