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ONLY ON 3: Pender Board of Health may soon name new health director

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- For the past seven months the Pender County Board of Health has been on the hunt for a permanent health director. The position has been in control of an interim health director after the former director, Jack Griffith, retired in September after some questioned his actions. Now after all the ups and downs Pender County may soon have a new health director.

Monday night the Board of Health met in closed session with two men who may possibly be the next county health director.

"We are interviewing two candidates tonight that have been approved by the state for us to interview," Pender Board of Health Chair Terri King said.

Filling the director position would mean an end to the struggle and conflict that has been going on within the department that some say was spurred by the on-again-off-again health director Jack Griffith.

Upon Griffith's departure the county tried to fill the position. The Board of Health even found a replacement in Russell Childers last fall, but he never showed up for work and changing his mind about the job.

The search continued leading all the way up to Monday night; putting the board closer to a healthy ending after all this time.

"We have a very strong Board of Health," King said. "We're all passionate in finding the right person."

When asked about when an announcement naming the new health director may be expected, the board said it is worried with the right person not the timing. The Board of Health did not release the names of the two candidates interviewed, because they are both currently employed. King said releasing the names could jeopardize the candidates at their current job.

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