Clark County health official to leave after 15 years

Storey accepts job with Washington County in Oregon

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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photoMarni Storey

Marni Storey, interim director of Clark County Public Health, is leaving next month to take a job in Oregon after nearly 15 years with Clark County.

Storey has accepted a position with Washington County's Department of Health and Human Services. There, she will serve as the department's public health division manager. Her last day with Clark County is Oct. 15.

"I have learned so much from my staff, peers across the state and hundreds of partners and friends," Storey said. "I have been impressed by how so many people come together for a common, greater good."

Storey first came to Clark County in June 1999, when she was hired as the health department's clinical services and communicable disease program manager. Since then, she's held a variety of positions within the county and managed several different programs.

In July 2011, Storey was named the department's deputy director.

In April, Storey was appointed interim public health director after former director John Wiesman left the county and became the Washington Secretary of Health.

In July, Clark County commissioners voted to combine the public health director and county health officer positions into one position, health officer/administrator. Dr. Alan Melnick, the county health officer, will fill the new position beginning Jan. 1. At that time, Storey was to return to her position as deputy director.

Once Storey leaves next month, the county will likely appoint another interim director, she said. In the meantime, Storey said she will work with Melnick and other department staff to ensure a smooth transition.

In Washington County, Storey's position will include many of the duties she currently performs in Clark County. After getting married earlier this year, Storey moved to Washington County.

"It's just an opportunity to do what I love where I live," she said.

Several other county departments are experiencing turnover following the departure of numerous high-ranking county officials.

Clark County Administrator Bill Barron and Deputy Administrator Glenn Olson both retired from their positions with the county. Clark County Budget Director Jim Dickman took a job in Pierce County. Environmental Services Director Kevin Gray resigned in February, and Bronson Potter, the county's chief civil deputy prosecutor, accepted a job with the city of Vancouver.