Interim administrator to be named for county health district

EVERETT — The Snohomish Health District’s governing board expects to appoint a new interim administrator Monday after the person slated to fill the job announced his resignation.

Peter Mayer intends to step down after April 7 as the Health District’s deputy director. Mayer said he’s taking a new job as assistant executive director with Metro Parks Tacoma.

“The Health District is seen as a key player regionally and statewide, thanks in large part to Pete Mayer’s leadership, and we wish him the best in his new adventure,” said Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, chairwoman of the Board of Health. “The board is committed to doing our part to work towards a strong and thriving district, and we recognized the need for quick action to ensure continued agency leadership.”

Monday’s meeting to identify a new interim administrator is scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the district’s auditorium on 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett.

Mayer was to have taken over as the district’s leader April 1, following the retirement of Dr. Gary Goldbaum.

Goldbaum, who has led the agency for a decade, agreed to continue working remotely for up to 60 more days.

To find a successor, the district has retained The Medicus Firm, a Dallas-based headhunter company specializing in physician positions.

“We anticipate having some top candidates for interviews in the coming weeks,” district spokeswoman Heather Thomas said.

The district has been confronting budget strains as it works to ensure public health on multiple fronts. Its workforce has shrunk by about 40 percent since the recession hit in 2008.

Recent work has included tracking a string of 30 mumps cases, a norovirus outbreak, fatal opiate overdoses and flu deaths in Snohomish County.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; Twitter: @NWhaglund.

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