GIRARD — Crawford County commissioners on Friday named Drs. Timothy Stebbins and Linda Bean as public health officer and deputy public health officer, respectively.
The two doctors are replacing Rebecca Adamson as Crawford County’s public health officer. Adamson resigned that position Wednesday but kept her title as Crawford County Health Department director.
Commissioners swore in the two doctors Friday.
“We are confident in the abilities of Dr. Stebbins and Dr. Bean to lead our community in their newly appointed roles,” commissioners said in a statement.
All Health Department services and COVID-19 testing remain open and accessible to the public. For more information regarding those services, contact the Health Department at (620) 231-5411.
Generally, a public health officer oversees a health department’s response to outbreaks, among other duties. Those duties include responding to and investigating the COVID-19 pandemic’s spread in communities covered by the department. As of Friday, Crawford County had 167 cases of COVID-19, most of them tied to the SugarCreek bacon processing plant in Frontenac. It’s unknown how many of the cases live in Crawford County or work in Crawford County but live elsewhere.