San Bernardino County’s public health director to resign amid coronavirus pandemic

More than two months into the novel coronavirus fight, San Bernardino County’s public health director announced she is resigning.

Trudy Raymundo, who has directed the public health department for the past decade, is resigning by May 29, according to a May 4 memo from CaSonya Thomas, the county’s assistant executive officer with human services. Raymundo will help the department transition to new leadership, the memo states.

A new director has not yet been chosen, county spokesman David Wert said.

Raymundo oversees the department responsible for tracking COVID-19 cases and deaths and hosting community testing events. The department also includes the acting health officer, who has been issuing orders meant to slow the spread of the disease.

“We’ve built a team of great people at Public Health who have accomplished many great things for the people of this county and who continue to protect our community with skill, passion, and love,” Raymundo said in a statement. “It’s time for me to take a break and see what else is out there because I know this team will continue to thrive, serve, and achieve.”

Raymundo has worked for the county since 1990. She was appointed public health director in March 2012 after serving as interim director for more than two years, Wert said.

In the memo, Thomas commends Raymundo and the department for its national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation board, the creation of the Community Vital Signs project and the team’s work in the county’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Trudy has also built a skilled team of Public Health professionals and we appreciate her many years of dedication that will translate to great service for years to come,” Thomas wrote in the memo. “She and her leadership have demonstrated the determination, compassion, and resiliency for which our County has come to be known.”



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