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Tulare County Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught Retires

Tulare County's Health Officer, Dr. Karen Haught, retired as the county's top health official on March 17, following a career in public service spanning over 20 years.

Dr. Haught joined the Health & Human Services Agency in 2002 as the medical director for Tulare County's health clinics and California Children's Services Program. She was appointed health officer in 2006, where she most recently provided oversight and guidance in the local public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It has been an honor to serve the residents of Tulare County as a member of the Tulare County Department of Public Health, and I have deeply appreciated the leadership and commitment from our Public Health staff as we have worked together over the years," said Dr. Haught.

As the county recruits the next Tulare County Health Officer, current Deputy Health Officer Dr. Thomas Overton will respond to health officer matters.


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