State Director of the Division of Public Health, Dr. Tom Williams, will retire next month.
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the retirement.
Williams plans to retire August 3rd. He had wanted to serve longer, but a recently diagnosed macular degeneration moved up the decision to step down.
“Dr. Williams has done an outstanding job serving both as Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health,” Gov. Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office. “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.”
“It has been a true honor to serve the people of Nebraska in Governor Ricketts’ administration,” Dr. Williams said in a written statement. “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.”