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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Person steps down as health officer


Last updated 8/12/2022 at 11:58am

PASCO - After 11 years, Dr. Amy Person is stepping down as Benton-Franklin Health District's health officer.

"Leaving Benton-Franklin Health District after more than 10 years of service to the communities of Benton and Franklin counties is hard," Person said Friday, Aug. 12, in announcing her decision to accept a "brand-new position" as the regional medical officer for the state Department of Health.

"With this new role, I look forward to joining an organization that values the skills that I can bring to the job."

Person began her role as Benton-Franklin health officer in October 2011 after serving 18 years as a pediatrician in Milwaukee, Wisc.

She has a doctor of medicine degree from University of Illinois and a master's degree in health care informatics from University of Wisconsin.

"Dr. Person will be missed by everyone in the Health District as she has been a shining example of how public health can change the lives of individuals by easing those in pain to implementing policies that will further improve the lives of our families and the following generations to come," Heath District Administrator Jason Zaccaria said. "She leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten, and we look forward to continuing our relationship as she embraces her new role and continues to create positive change."

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Roger Harnack, Publisher

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Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.


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