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Two Snohomish Health District leaders resign


Last updated 6/19/2019 at Noon

The Snohomish Board of Health announced Tuesday, June 18, that it has accepted and approved the resignation of the two top leaders of the Snohomish Health District, administrator Jefferson Ketchel and health officer Dr. Mark Beatty.

According to Edmonds City Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, one of 15 board members, “the board decided to go in another direction. We are restructuring the duties as a whole.”

The board also appointed Shawn Frederick, the District’s administration services director, as interim administrator.

Dr. Chris Spitters, the district’s contracted physician for tuberculosis control, will serve as acting health officer until a permanent replacement can be selected.

Ketchel joined the Health District as the environmental health director in July 2015 and has been the administrator since April 2017.

Beatty joined the Snohomish Health District as the health officer in August 2017. He is a pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist with a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins.

As the health officer, one of Beatty’s primary focuses was his work related to the opioid epidemic.


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