It was announced some time ago that State Secretary of Health John Wiesman would be leaving his position,at least at the end of the year.

However, that timetable moved up, and the new Secretary of Health begins tenure today.

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, takes over the position today. He is from Texas, according to information released Monday by the Governor's office:

"Secretary Shah comes to Washington from Harris County Public Health (HCPH) in Texas, where he served as the executive director and local health authority. Harris County is the third largest county in the nation, with nearly five million people. His appointment to the position was announced last month by Governor Jay Inslee, and his tenure begins today, Dec. 21."

Wiesman is not the only top WSDOH official to leave, Chief Medical Officer Kathy Lofy will also be stepping down at least by end of year. No official word on her replacement.

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