PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The Pender County Health Department has a director.
There's a new man in town and Pender County Health Department board members are excited about starting a new chapter in the health department.
Pender County Commissioner Jimmy Tate said, "Now that we have a manager permanently in place here on an interim basis for the director of the health department it will move us forward with a lot of other initiatives here at the health department."
Wayne Raynor of Cumberland County is the new interim health director for Pender County. Raynor retired as Public Health Director from the Cumberland County Board of Health in 2009.
Pender County Health Department Chairman Bobby Watkins said, "If you look at his resume he's ready to tackle anything."
Board members say Raynor is tenacious, well-educated and has years of experience that helped set him aside from the other candidates.
"It's been a very long journey but Dr. Griffith had years of experience and a high level of education and any time you're replacing a highly qualified candidate it can be a very interesting and tedious task to do that," said Tate.
Board members are hoping Raynor can bring the health department back on it's feet.
"After talking with the man he's very easy to talk with and I think he'll be able to talk and work with the people here and get the ship righted up and back to normal," said Watkins.
Board members didn't confirm who is paying for Raynor to work in Pender County. Some think the state should pick up the tab since their recommendation was a no-show.
"The state has agreed to work with us in any way possible they can through this transition process and we are sure they will do anything that they've committed to doing for Mr. Raynor," said Tate. "I'm sure they will do anything to help us."
Press Release from Pender County Health Department:
PENDER COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH
NAMES INTERIM HEALTH DIRECTOR
Burgaw, N.C. (October 6, 2010) – Wayne Raynor of Cumberland County has been named Interim Health Director by the Pender County Board of Health. Raynor retired as Public Health Director from the Cumberland County Board of Health in 2009, after serving in that capacity since 2003. Prior to becoming Cumberland County’s Health Director Wayne served as Health Director in Har-nett County for seven years. Raynor worked in a variety of women’s and children’s health pro-grams for the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services for twenty years from 1976 to 1996.
Raynor served as President of the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors in 2002 and was voted Health Director of the Year in 2001. He has served on the Fayetteville Area Health Edu-cation Foundation (SR-AHEC) Board of Trustees for the past 5 years and currently serves as Chairman.
Raynor served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971. He received a B.A. degree in Sociology from Appalachian State University in 1974 and a Masters of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from UNC Chapel Hill, School of Public Health in 1987.
Raynor is a licensed private pilot and some of his hobbies and interests include flying, antique auto restorations, auto racing, skydiving, and riding his Harley.