Emails show private meeting with commissioners prompted Weld Health director Wallace’s sudden retirement announcement

The Greeley Tribune: If a global pandemic — for which Weld County is a notable hotspot — isn’t the worst time for the leader of the county’s health department to abruptly decide to retire, it’s hard to imagine what time would be worse.

But that’s what’s happening with the Weld County Public Health and Environment Department, as director Dr. Mark Wallace announced late last week through the county that he’d be retiring at the end of May. However, as concerning as the timing appears, the Weld County Board of County Commissioners chairman is publicly unbothered by the change at the top of the county’s main line of defense against COVID-19.

“We’re working very closely with Dr. Wallace on the transition plan,” said commission chair Mike Freeman in a phone conversation this week. “He’ll be here through the end of May, and we’re working with him on the transition plan.”

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