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|Knox County Bids Health Department Administrator a Fond Farewell
|The only administrator the Knox County Health Department has ever had said goodbye to dozens of friends, co-workers and other well-wishers during an event in his honor.
Greg Chance is moving on to be the public health administrator at the Peoria City County Health Department. His new job there begins on May 4th. Chance was hired to head up the Knox County Health Department in April of 1993.
Local board of health president Jeanne Harland says the health department has developed a strong and positive influence on community health issues in Knox County under Chance's leadership. Harland was among those who organized an open house and farewell Thursday night for Chance.
Harland says Chance worked tirelessly to help make the health department what it is today.
"I'm sure everybody who lives in Knox County is very proud of this health department, and regardless of anything Greg (Chance) will tell you, it would never have happened without him. And I'm sure he's standing there going 'no, no, no, I didn't have anything to do with this, it was not me,' but you know what Greg, it was you, and it was because of your way of thinking and looking to the future that made this all possible."
Chance says it wasn't an easy decision to take the job in Peoria after 16 years at the Knox County Health Department. Chance told the gathering that support from the community, the board of health and the staff at the department are responsible for creating an agency everyone can be proud of.
Long-time board of health member Dr. Tommy West also praised Chance for his work at the health department. West called Chance a constant guiding influence as the department began accepting dental care and now is starting the process of expanding and providing medical care, along with the basic services offered.
The board of health in February created a search committee to manage the effort to fill Chance's position.
Pictures from the Open House for Greg Chance at the Knox County Health Department
Outgoing Knox County Health Department administrator Greg Chance receives a plaque from Board of Health president Jeanne Harland in appreciation for his 16 years at the health department
A table featuring an Elvis Presley cake and other decor at an Open House at the Knox County Health Department for outgoing administrator Greg Chance
A big crowd turned out at the health department to wish health department administorator Greg Chance well as he steps down from his job on April 10th to become public health administrator at the Peoria City County Health Department on May 4th
Greg Chance thanks everyone for attending a farewell open house in his honor Thursday night at the Knox County Health Department
Dr. Tommy West (left), Knox County Board of Health member, shares a laugh with Greg Chance (right) during Thursday night's open house and farewell event at the health department
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Mike Perry)
|04 03 09 by Newsroom
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