RETIRING DECEMBER 1
Tom Bridges, Henderson County Health Director, announced his plans to retire effective December 1, 2013. Tom’s more than 38 years in public service include 15 years as Henderson County Health Director.
Bridges is highly regarded throughout the State for his forward thinking and proactive approach to addressing public health issues. He has served as the President of the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors since 2000. He has also served as the President of the North Carolina Public Health Association since 2005. In 2008 he was given the distinguished Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award for Public Health in recognition of his outstanding contributions to public health in North Carolina.
He states, “My major effort here at Henderson County has been to seek collaboration and to grow the agency professionally while maintaining or offering new and vital services. This heath department has been blessed with a great staff - both past and present - and through such caring people, the agency has maintained high professionalism and trust throughout the community and the State. The present Board of Health is one of the finest with which I have worked, and I know that my successor will be fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed Board.”
County officials said on Wednesday, "Bridge's commitment to public health service is not yet complete. Tom currently serves as the President-elect of the Southern Health Association and will serve as President the following year.