PHOENIX (April 16, 2019) – Maricopa County is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcy Flanagan, DBA, MPH, MA as its new Public Health Director effective June 10, 2019. Flanagan currently serves as director of Pima County Department of Public Health.
“It was an exhaustive search to find the right person to lead such an important department here in Maricopa County,” said Joy Rich, county manager for Maricopa County. “We are confident that we found that person in our own backyard. Marcy has a perfect blend of public health experience along with local knowledge which will allow her to hit the ground running and keep Public Health propelling forward.”
Flanagan will report directly to Maricopa County Assistant County Manager Lee Ann Bohn and is responsible for directing and managing a staff of about 600 individuals with an annual budget of $60 million. Among her duties as health director, Flanagan is responsible for setting public health policy, responding to public health emergencies as well as monitoring and detecting outbreaks of and preventing the spread of more than 80 reportable communicable diseases.
“While it is bittersweet to leave my outstanding staff and community in Pima County, it is the right time for me to use the skills I have attained to lead the 3rd largest health jurisdiction in the nation,” said Flanagan.
In her 18 year career in Pima County, Flanagan has held various public health positions and served on numerous boards and commissions including the Arizona Public Health Association, National Association of County and City Health Officials, International Leadership Association, and American Public Health Association. She is also a member of the Arizona Association of Local Health Officers, where she serves as the current president.
Flanagan earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Arizona and a master’s in administration from Northern Arizona University. She also holds a master’s in public health and a doctorate in business administration.
About Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is the 3rd largest health jurisdiction in the U.S. serving almost 4 million residents. The Department works to protect and promote the health and well-being of Maricopa County residents and visitors through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services as well as by utilizing policy, systems and environmental change approaches. To learn more about Public Health, please visit www.WeArePublicHealth.org or like us at facebook.com/MCDPH or follow us on Twitter @MaricopaHealth.