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Gov. Ricketts Announces Public Health Director’s Retirement

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Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, 402-471-1974


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts congratulated Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health Dr. Tom Williams on his retirement.  Dr. Williams will retire on August 3, 2018.


“Dr. Williams has done an outstanding job serving both as Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Under his leadership, the division has supported important occupational licensing reforms, delivered professional licenses more quickly, developed new EMS guidelines, and created a network of ‘Safe Sleep’ hospitals, which are educating parents on how to help their children sleep safely.”


At the time of the announcement, Dr. Williams indicated he had wished to serve longer, but that recently-diagnosed macular degeneration accelerated his decision to retire.


“It has been a true honor to serve the people of Nebraska in Governor Ricketts’ administration,” said Dr. Williams.  “Over the past year and a half, I have had the pleasure of leading a really great team who is committed to and passionate about the work of public health.  I will miss the people on my team, our colleagues in the Legislature, and the private and local partners who support the work of the administration.  Thank you to the Governor and Courtney Phillips for the opportunity – I know the work of the agency is in good hands.”