Christensen appointed as Yates County Director of Public Health

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Yates County Public Health Director Sara Christensen (center) was congratulated by Yates County Administrator Nonie Flynn and Legislature Chairman Douglas Paddock immediately after her appointment.

PENN YAN -- At the Nov. 8 meeting of the Yates County Legislature, Sara Christensen was unanimously appointed as the next Director of Public Health for Yates County.

Christensen’s appointment comes after the former Director of Public Health, Annmarie Flanagan resigned, effective Oct. 31. The recommendation to authorize the appointment of Christensen was made to the legislature as soon as Flanagan’s resignation letter was presented. The county then received approval for a conditional appointment from the State Commissioner of Health pursuant to New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Sanitary Code, Section 11.182.

“Sara has done an excellent job for the county in the past," said Chairman Douglas Paddock, "and we are thrilled to welcome her as our new Director of Public Health based on her qualifications and experience in health care.” When Paddock called for a motion to appoint Christensen, he noted that "it seems to be a universal second" when virtually every legislator spoke simultaneously to second it.

Sara Christensen

Christensen is a Yates County native and has worked with Yates County since 2005. She was a Supervising Public Health Nurse prior to being appointed as Deputy Director in 2018. She will be pursuing her master’s degree in Public Health from St. John Fisher College and will work also closely with the New York State Association of County Health Officials, attending their meetings and trainings as provided.

“Yates County is fortunate to have Sara accept the position for Director of Public Health," stated County Administrator Winona Flynn. "As she has proven in the past as our Deputy Director and filling in while our director was also working in Schuyler County, she is more than capable of taking on the role to promote health for all people in our community.”

Director Christensen responded, saying, “I am very honored to be the director of Yates County Public Health. Yates County has been my home my entire life, and the health of our community is very important to me. We have a very dedicated Public Health team and I look forward to working with them on Public Health programing to address the health needs of our community.”