Dr. Craig McMillan has been named Mendocino County's interim public health officer, the county's Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.
replaces Dr. Marvin Trotter, who resigned Feb. 1 after more than 10 years as Mendocino County public health officer.
told the board he
intends to recruit a permanent public health officer, a task he
did as Lake County's
health officer and as interim public health officer in San Luis Obispo County.
"We were very lucky he was available," HHSA Community Health Services Director Stacy Cryer said, explaining that McMillan is under contract with the county until June 30.
McMillan practices part-time as a physician at the Mendocino County Community Health clinics in Willits and Ukiah, and is licensed as a pediatrician.
He holds a master's degree in public health, and his areas of expertise include infectious disease and disaster preparedness.
In addition to his
standard duties, McMillan
will work with agency staff to examine the role and responsibilities of the public health officer.
counties was difficult before the recession, according to McMillan
, and he
acknowledges that economic conditions and Mendocino County's
budget crisis will make the task a challenge this time, too.
"It's difficult for rural counties to recruit folks into this kind of position, and there are not a lot of people out there with the kind of expertise they want," McMillan
continued, "The county is doing a whole lot of restructuring, and I'm hoping they can create enough support in the budget to hire as close to full-time as possible.
But we're still going to have some salary issues, with regard to not being competitive."
retired in mid-2008 after six-and-a-half years as Lake County's
public health officer, then spent nine months as interim public health officer in San Luis Obispo County - an appointment that was supposed to be a monthlong recruiting effort.
McMillan was also public health officer in Mendocino County for more than 14 years.
was hired in January 1976, and resigned in June 1990, a week after he
was reinstated to the post after a monthlong suspension.
Although the reasons for his
suspension weren't released, McMillan
believed at the time that he
was suspended because the then-Board of Supervisors was disappointed in his
"I've certainly learned my lesson, in terms of knowing they are going to do what they want," McMillan
glad to be back.
"It was really nice to see some of the people I knew from before.
They are very dedicated employees, and I hope to be able to work well with them," McMillan