State Health Commissioner to Step Down

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Indiana State Health Commissioner William VanNess says he plans to resign in October "strictly for personal reasons." He has been in office since January 2013. VanNess previously served as chief executive officer of Community Hospital of Anderson and Madison County.

August 22, 2014

Statement from Indiana State Health Commissioner William VanNess

"It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the great citizens of Indiana in my role as State Health Commissioner over the past year and a half. It is with regret and strictly for personal reasons that I have submitted my resignation. I anticipate my last day to be in early October, but plan to assist Governor Pence until he finds a suitable replacement. The dedicated employees at the Indiana State Department of Health have done a tremendous job of promoting and providing essential public health services for Hoosiers and I have every confidence they will continue to serve the state to the best of their abilities during this transition and after.