Home Health & fitness Physicians sought to become Ohio health director — DeWine hired lawyer

Physicians sought to become Ohio health director — DeWine hired lawyer

Nearly a dozen physicians — including two short-term state public health directors — applied to become director of the Ohio Department of Health amid the COVID-19 crisis, the worst pandemic to gut America in more than a century.

Gov Mike DeWine, who stressed public health experience when he appointed former health director Dr. Amy Acton in 2019, chose Stephanie McCloud, a lawyer and director of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, on Nov. 5 to lead the department.

McCloud’s selection came after Dr. Joan Duwve, South Carolina public health director, agreed to become Ohio’s director on Sept. 10, only to quit hours later amid concern for her family after protesters targeted the home of Acton, who resigned Aug. 4.

MORE: DeWine appoints McCloud new Ohio health director

A public records request by The Dispatch found that several medical professionals applied to become the Ohio health director before and after Duwve’s reversal and the governor’s ultimate choice of McCloud.

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