Garrett County Names New Health Officer

Robert Stephens, a 17-year employee of the Garrett County Health Department, has been hired as the county’s health officer.

Cumberland News-Times reports,

Garrett County Health Officer Robert Stephens (photo credit: Garrett County Health Dept.)

Stephens, who assumed his new duties on Wednesday, replaces Rodney Glotfelty, who retired after 41 years of service to the county.

“We are pleased to recommend Bob as the County Health Officer. I’m confident he’ll be an excellent public health officer for Garrett County,” said Paul Edwards, chair of the Garrett County Commission in a press release. “Bob is dedicated to those served by the health department and he has demonstrated his commitment to the community and the citizens of the county.”

Stephens served as the county’s director of Behavioral and Family Health since 2000.

He was former interim executive director at Mountain Laurel Medical Center and president and CEO of the Garrett County Partnership for Children and Families, Inc.

Glotfelty was recognized for his 41 years as health officer during the commission meeting last Monday.

“Your wisdom and commitment to excellence have long inspired all of us and will be remembered for many years to come. We wish good health and happiness and continued success in your retirement,” Edwards said. “Rodney is universally respected throughout the state of Maryland and he has done a tremendous job here.”

The commissioners presented Glotfelty with a certificate and glass clock from Simon Pierce.

“He has made Garrett County a much better place to live for a lot of people,” said Jim Hinebaugh, commissioner.

Glotfelty attributed the success of the health department to the staff.

“I think there is more good things to come soon,” said Glotfelty. “This is a wonderful place to work. You don’t know how great it is to have a county government like you have up here and have commissioners here that are as good as our commissioners.”

Stephens earned a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1980 and a Master of Science degree from Frostburg State University in 1985.

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