McGuire resigns from public health post

McGuire resigns from public health post

CANTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - A key leader in the north country’s fight against COVID-19 has resigned.

St. Lawrence County public health director Dr. Dana McGuire informed staff Tuesday she will step down after three years on the job.

St. Lawrence County Legislature chair Bill Sheridan said McGuire has been a key leader in the fight against COVID-19 both here and across the north country.

“We’ve got a big pair of shoes to fill with losing Dana,” Sheridan said.

She had a hand in almost every phase of the fight against the pandemic. That included coordinating efforts at hospitals, rescue services, schools, and colleges.

“I have been fortunate to work with a dedicated team and I am proud of our accomplishments.,” Dr. McGuire said in a statement.

“The Public Health Department is well positioned to fulfill all of its obligations and see us through the final phases of the pandemic.”

Sheridan said he understands McGuire is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

The county will have to put someone temporarily in charge of public health and then seek a permanent director.

McGuire’s last day will be March 26. She plans to take a new job at Clarkson University as a clinical associate professor in the physical therapy department.

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