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Marcy Austin named Harford County’s acting health officer as Dr. Russell Moy is set to retire Sept. 1

Harford County Health Officer Dr. Russell Moy will be retiring on Sept. 1 and temporarily replaced with an acting health officer, the Harford County Health Department announced Tuesday.

Deputy Health Officer Marcy Austin will take on the role of acting health officer until Moy’s position is permanently filled. Andrea Pappas, formerly the Director of Behavioral Health, will become acting deputy while Austin fills Moy’s position.

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Moy announced his retirement in June at a Harford County Council meeting, saying he would leave in the fall. He is leaving for personal and family reasons, but also to pass the torch on to another health officer who will work to adjust the department to the sea-change the coronavirus has brought to public health.

Molly Mraz, and spokesperson for the Harford County Health Department, said Austin and Pappas will begin their roles on Sept. 1. The two will resume their previous roles when a new health officer is hired, she said, which would be “hopefully in the near future.”

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Though Moy will be retiring, he has said he did not want to see the position vacant during the pandemic because the county health department’s data collection and services are still needed. Previously, Moy said he was going to stay engaged in the selection process and was working to find a candidate the county’s board of health could nominate and the health department could approve.

In June, Moy said there were many qualified applicants for the position. It can be difficult to fill because candidates require both medical and management experience.

Moy has spent 31 years with the health department and the last nine in Harford County, when he became the county’s deputy health officer in 2011. Under him, the county’s health department became nationally accredited — one of 67 a pool of 3,000 eligible agencies, according to a news statement. He also contributed to the Klein Family Harford Crisis Center, MEGAN’s Place and the department’s Upstream Project.

Moy was also a regular voice at county council meetings as the pandemic ramped up, delivering regular updates to viewers of the virtual conferences and earning praise from council members.

“The Health Department is excited to see what the future holds and begin a new chapter. We are all excited to welcome the new Health Officer, whomever that may be,” Mraz said. “Though we most certainly will miss having Dr. Moy around.”

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