County appoints new health board members
The Klickitat County Board of Commissioners has appointed Erinn Quinn and Sue Pennington to serve on the Klickitat County Board of Health.
Pennington worked as a public health nurse in Goldendale from 1987–1995, when Klickitat County was part of Southwest Health District. She subsequently received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington. She is retired now and resides in White Salmon.
Quinn worked as a public health nurse at the Health Department from 2006 – 2011, subsequent to which she received her Master of Nursing degree from Washington State University and became a nurse-practitioner. She returned to the Health Department as nursing director from 2012 – 2015. She is currently employed at Insitu in Bingen, and resides in White Salmon.
In a statement, the Board of Commissioners said it is confident both women will serve the public well in their new roles, through their broad knowledge of our communities and medical practice, and their experience in and dedication to public health.
Boards of health in Washington have oversight over the operations of local health departments, and play an important role in policy development: assuring the departments remain responsive to and capable of dealing with threats to health in our communities. By law, boards of health consist of the county commissioners—the law provides that commissioners may appoint other members to the health boards.
The Board of Commissioners in Klickitat County has chosen to expand the Board of Health at this time because of transitions that are occurring in Klickitat County and healthcare nationwide.