PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Governor Doug Ducey has named an interim director of the Arizona Department of Health Services after Dr. Cara Christ announced she would be leaving her position in July.
Don Herrington will succeed Dr. Christ as the new interim director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. Herrington is a 21-year veteran with the department, formerly working as the Deputy Director for Planning and Operations. Herrington will oversee all frontline health care workers.
Ducey and Herrington also named Dr. Richard Carmona to serve as the senior advisor on public health emergency. Carmona is expected to lead a statewide effort to boost vaccine awareness and is a former U.S. Surgeon General.
Former director Dr. Christ announced she would be leaving her position on August 27, joining Blue Cross Blue Shield. Christ was the longest-serving director in history at AZDHS. Christ served as the director of ADHS since 2015 and led her team to administer more than 1.6 million doses of the vaccine.
"Arizona has two dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced public health professionals at the helm of AZDHS. With Don directing day-to-day operations and Dr. Carmona leading the vaccination charge, I'm confident we're a lot closer to putting the pandemic behind us," tweeted Ducey.
.@AZDHS UPDATE: Don Herrington, a 21-year veteran of the Arizona Department of Health Services, will succeed Dr. Cara Christ as Interim Director. Together, Don and I selected Dr. Richard Carmona, a former U.S. Surgeon General, to serve as a senior advisor on COVID-19. 1/ pic.twitter.com/shD28ZwU3R— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) August 26, 2021