Governor Appoints New Health Department Boss

Governor Appoints New Health Department Boss


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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah Governor Mike Leavitt has named a new executive director of the state health department.

Doctor Scott D. Williams will fill the director position vacated by Rod Betit, who is leaving the Utah Department of Health for a public health job in Alaska.

Doctor Williams was in charge of the state health department's planning for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Leavitt says he's also helped improve immunization rates in the state and reduced tobacco use rates.

He'll oversee a budget of one-point-four (B)billion dollars and about 12-hundred employees.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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